Chiefs, SSU fixture an emotional affair
by SAVIOUS KWINIKA
JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – ONE of his most successful spells as coach came while at the helm of Kaizer Chiefs where fans adore him but Stuart Baxter says he will put aside any emotional connections to the Soweto side when his Supersport United side visits for a league encounter.
The two sides meet at Chiefs home-away-from-home at the Cape Town Stadium on Saturday in the standout fixture for Round 20 of the ABSA Premiership.
The English-born Baxter spent three glorious years in Naturena where he won two league titles and an equal number of trophies before resigning at the end of last season.
He will be meeting his former employers for the first time since assuming the reins at United.
“It will be emotional for me as some of the players at Chiefs are like sons,” says Baxter.
He is hopeful of a warm reception from the opposing fans.
“I hope I will go back to see a few friends. I’m sure everybody will give me a hug before the game. It will be a nice occasion.”
The two teams were victorious in their last assignments with Supersport punishing University of Pretoria 2-0. Chiefs scored a 4-0 win away to Comoros outfit Volcan de Moroni.
Meanwhile, following a weekend of mixed fortunes in the Confederation of African Football (CAF) matches played last weekend, other Gauteng teams return to ABSA Premiership action this weekend.
Log leaders, Mamelodi Sundowns, who suffered a shocking 0-1 defeat at the hands of Zimbabwe’s Chicken Inn, lock horns with Golden Arrows at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Pretoria.
Bidvest Wits, who thrashed Seychelles’ Lightstars FC 3-0 away, will contest a battle of the universities against struggling University of Pretoria at Bidvest Stadium tomorrow.
Elsewhere improving Jomo Cosmos travel to Moruleng Stadium in Rustenburg for a date with Platinum Stars on Sunday.
Orlando Pirates will also be on the road to the Mbombela Stadium to play Mpumalanga Black Aces.
Elsewhere, Polokwane City host Ajax Cape Town on Sunday, Chippa United entertaining Free State Stars at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium and Bloemfontein Celtic welcome relegation-haunted Maritzburg United at the Dr Molemela Stadium.
– CAJ News
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