Brandon Petersen, one of the Amakhosis’ new recruits, made two saves on penalties when the Glamor Boys won 4-3
Kaizer Chiefs trainer Stuart Baxter was delighted with his team’s victory over the Orlando Pirates in the 2021 Carling Black Label Cup, which took place on Sunday evening at the Orlando Stadium.
The game ended 0-0 in 90 minutes and there was little to separate the teams while the opportunities were few and far between.
The Chiefs could have ended the game in regular time but were forced to do so on penalties after Daniel Cardoso’s penalty was saved by Richard Ofori in the second half.
Baxter was pleased with his team’s performance and praised Brandon Petersen, who made his debut in the second half as a replacement for Itumeleng Khune before shining on penalties.
“I thought the performance in the second half justified it, it was an even first half,” said Baxter SuperSport TV after the game when asked if his team was a deserved winner.
“I think we improved in the second half, our movement in the box was much better, we looked more dangerous.
“And I think when it comes to penalties I’m glad you are ahead because it can go either way. Brandon was great.”
For Baxter, the value of seeing some of the new additions in action was almost as valuable as the win itself.
The debutants included Petersen as well as Kgaogelo Sekgota, Phathutshedzo Nange, Cole Alexander and Sifiso Hlanti. The youngsters Lebohang Lesako and Sabelo Radebe also had rare seasons.
“This game was information for me, it really was. Yes, for the fans we have to win it, that’s what we get,” said 67-year-old Baxter.
“And it’s the old enemy, so we always want to win. This was about information moving forward.
“None of the new players disappointed me. Some of the players we know can play have made claims.
“So I was happy with the evening’s work and I think there are enough subtle shoots of green grass growing through.”