Focus is paramount – Baccus

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Kaizer Chiefs are in driver’s seat in the Absa Premiership title race as they are four points ahead of defending champions Mamelodi Sundowns, but ‘Amakhosi’ midfielder Kearyn Baccus insists that focus and mental toughness will be crucial in their remaining eight games.

The Premier Soccer League (PSL) is set to resume on August 11 and Chiefs will be based at Orlando Stadium, their new home for the remainder of the season in the Biological Safe Environment (BSE), Gauteng.

“We will obviously miss our fans but it’s a nice stadium and the pitch is very good. I am happy with the outcome of the draw to play at Orlando Stadium,” said Baccus.

“Now it’s important that we all focus, be mentally strong and play as a team in those eight remaining fixtures,” added the Durban-born midfielder, who grew up in Australia.

Affectionately known as ‘Kizza’, Baccus joined ‘The Glamour Boys’ at the beginning of the season from Melbourne FC and has since featured in 16 league games with four assists and a goal to his name. Picture: Kaizer Chiefs. 

Besides watching his favourite sport Australian rules football, Baccus also takes some time to fully analyse the opponents, more especially players in the middle of the park.

“It’s crucial to fully recover after a training session,” he said.

“I don’t watch too many games. however, if we play, for example, Polokwane City, I will always check out a recent fixture from them.

“I will watch how they play and, of course, I will especially check how their midfielders operate, how they pass, combine with each other and so on. Nothing major, but it’s important to do, “concluded the 28-year-old midfielder.

DID YOU KNOW?

Chiefs’ first-ever league title was won at Orlando Stadium in 1974 when they beat Orlando Pirates 3-0 in the final match of the season. ‘The Glamour Boys’ went on to win more league titles in 1977, 1979 and 1981 with Orlando stadium as our home.

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