Baxter wants players to hold off celebrations for now
Stuart Baxter says his players need to focus on the remaining games before celebrating their title win.
JOHANNESBURG - Kaizer Chiefs were officially crowned the 2014/2015 Premier Soccer League Champions after handing Polokwane City a 4-1 hiding at the FNB Stadium last night.
- Official PSL (@OfficialPSL) April 23, 2015
Needing just three points to seal the league title, irrespective of what Mamelodi Sundowns do in their match against Platinum Stars, also on Wednesday night, Chiefs went gung-ho at the City defence with some crisp passing and good attempts at goal.
The Amakhosi started like a house on fire as they went into the half time break two goals up, thanks to George Lebese and Bernard Parker.
They added a third early in the second half through Mathew Rusike but soon conceded a goal from Rendani Ndou.
Rusike capped off a great night with his brace and Chiefs' fourth, as Stuart Baxter's men clinched their second title in three seasons and the club's fourth since 1996.
Baxter says although he wants his players to enjoy being champions, the ultimate goal hasn't been reached yet.
"I just told them in the dressing room that we've got three big games to play. If anybody isn't professional enough to be able to hold the celebrations until the end of the season, then maybe they shouldn't be part of Kaizer Chiefs.
"I'm delighted for the players and for everybody connected to the football club."
Chiefs captain Tefu Mashamaite says this campaign was meant for the Glamour Boys.
"It was going to be our season with the way we started collecting those number of points that we did in the first round. Going 19 games without being beaten and winning the MTN8, so it was a good season for us."
Man of the Match Rusike says pressure is high at Chiefs but he's managed to deal with it well.
"I think it comes with playing for a big team like Kaizer Chiefs you know, there is a lot of expectation on your shoulders. I had the support of my teammates and the coaching staff, we've got believe in my ability and I believe in myself."
Polokwane City coach Kosta Papic says the league was always for Chiefs to win from outset.
"They deserve to win the league this season because from the beginning they started very well, playing all those matches and taking the record from Orlando Pirates with 19 matches without losing. And again congratulation to all Kaizer Chiefs supporters, officials, players and especially the coach."
Scores of fans and sport people took to Twitter for their celebrations:
Hail to the Chiefs !! pic.twitter.com/k1wZlaSXtp
Hail to the Chiefs !! pic.twitter.com/k1wZlaSXtp— RSA Min of Sport (@MbalulaFikile) April 22, 2015
The deserved winners of the league this season Amakhosi Khosination!!! Played consistently thru out! #PremierLeagueSa14/15
The deserved winners of the league this season Amakhosi Khosination!!! Played consistently thru out! #PremierLeagueSa14/15— RSA Min of Sport (@MbalulaFikile) April 22, 2015
Breaking News: Kaizer Chiefs have just announced that they will donate their last 3 games to the Soweto neighbours Pirates as good gesture!
Breaking News: Kaizer Chiefs have just announced that they will donate their last 3 games to the Soweto neighbours Pirates as good gesture!— Ambassador (@Benji_Seitlhamo) April 23, 2015
2014/15 #KaizerChiefs #League Champions. Well done boys. You sustained this campaign with dignity & honour.
This one for the legend Leseba John Shoes Moshoeu
This one for the legend Leseba John Shoes Moshoeu— Zwelinzima Vavi (@Zwelinzima1) April 22, 2015
Ajabulile AmaKhosi https://t.co/ZltH61zCdS
Ajabulile AmaKhosi https://t.co/ZltH61zCdS— Zwelinzima Vavi (@Zwelinzima1) April 22, 2015
- Bernard Parker (@BernardParker) April 22, 2015