The former Bafana Bafana coach will be in the technical area to lead Amakhosi against the Red Devils after obtaining his work permit.
Kaizer Chiefs head coach Stuart Baxter is optimistic that his charges have another surprise up their sleeve in the Caf Champions League final against Al Ahly in Casablanca, Morocco.
The experienced tactician will be in the technical area of the competition for the first time after obtaining his work permit. Having trained the team since his return to Amakhosi, the Briton is optimistic that the Soweto heavyweights can win to their first title.
How does Baxter feel after being admitted to the bench?
‘This is the first game on the bench, but I’ve been working with the players for a few months now. [and being on the bench] in this match it is special, ‘the 67-year-old told the media on Friday.
“The players worked very hard in the preparations. Yes, there were many challenges, but the players succeeded and surprised everyone. [by making it to the final].
Do we have another surprise in our ear? We’ll see tonight. ‘
What’s Baxter’s attack on Pitso Mosimane?
The former Bafana coach also said that Red Devils tactician Pitso Mosimane deserves respect, but further explained how Amakhosi is prepared to stand a chance of denying the Egyptian heavyweights their tenth title.
‘I have great respect for Pitso [Mosimane] ‘as a coach and we had a lot of interesting fights and I have to say that tonight I do not think that the experience we have gained in the past will affect the game,’ Baxter continued.
“Every game has more than one scenario … My knowledge in football is that things are not like you think. We have a good plan to help us win the game.
Great respect for Pitso [Mosimane] and Al Ahly, but for the evening we have more than one solution on the way to ensure the game gets itself right. We naturally believe that we can get a positive result. ‘
The last and only time the two teams met was in the Caf Super Cup in 2002, when Al Ahly won 4-1.
The defending champions defeated Esperance de Tunis 4-0 to reach the final, while Chiefs defeated Wydad Casablanca 1-0 to advance.