Baxter to coach Amakhosi in Champions League final

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Kaizer Chiefs have announced that newly appointed coach Stuart Baxter will be on the bench when they take on Al Ahly in the Caf Champions League final on Saturday evening at the Stade Mohammed V in Morocco.

The 67-year-old returned to Chiefs last month but was still awaiting his work permit. But he has now received it as he will lead the side for the first time.

In his absence, interim coaches Arthur Zwane and Dillon Sheppard led the team past Wydad in the semifinal.

“This is the first game on the bench,” said Baxter on Friday in the pre-match press conference.

“We’re all aware of the situation of the club in terms of where we stood in the PSL, how long we travelled in the Champions League, but when I agreed to come back in was just a question of let’s get you on the bench as quickly as we can and in the interim, I was doing whatever I could.

“I had a work permit but it was with Safa so I was allowed to work in South Africa but not officially because of the paperwork so I did what I could to prepare the team in the interim and then when the work permit came through officially then I can now sit on the bench,” said Baxter.

“I’ve been with the club for a few months, so I’ve been working with the players but on the bench is special and this game is special, I think the players have worked very hard in their preparations.

“We’ve had a lot of challenges, but the players have managed and surprised everybody, do we have one more surprise left in us, we’ll see on the night.”

By Tokelo Mokhesi