THE big PSL kick-off tonight sees double-winning Kaizer Chiefs take on promoted Mpumalanga Blacks Aces at Mbombela – and AmaKhosi boss Stuart Baxter admits: “We are no longer the hunter, we are the hunted.”
Facing a side bolstered by 68-year-old AFCON-winning coach Clive Barker and an estimated 16 transfer window signings, Baxter told me on BOLLOCKZ! “The boys are conscious of the difference now after last year. Everybody knows what they’re getting now, they’re chasing us.
“They’re all working, it’s a double whammy, in the past everybody wanted to beat Kaizer Chiefs, ow they want to beat the champions - let’s get on with it!
“We’ll get us to being the hunted not the hunter. Clive Barker, a like a lot. But I don’t know much about his team with all those signings! We’ll prepare our game, Knowledge Musona is as ready as he can be having just come back to the club.
“Even at Manchester United at Chelsea, players have to settle but Musona is looking solid in training, a great asset. But as you say, Aces aren’t your usual promoted team.
“But they could also start slowly, so many are new. Clive will win them up for this and it could be a very tough game.
“We’ve got AmaTuks in the MTN8 quarter-final a week later. It’s a Barker double – Clive and Steve – it’s a tough start. They both organise their teams well, make sure they’re competitive.
“Clive’s team will be structured and organised. We’ve got Moroka Swallows early on as well. The only injury problems are Siyabonga Nkhosi’s calf injury and Keegan Richie went down yesterday with an aggravated Achilles tendon.
“And George Lebese is suspended from yellow cards which are hanging over from the season before.
“Apart from Orlando Pirates, all the teams like SuperSport United and Wits are trying to be like Platinum Stars, coming from off the radar with no pressure on them.
“People have invested a lot of money, that’s where the trouble will come from!”
The opening round:
TONIGHT Mpumalanga Aces 20:00 Kaizer Chiefs
TOMORROW Golden Arrows 15:00 Ajax Cape Town
TOMORROW Moroka Swallows 15:00 University of Pretoria
TOMORROW SuperSport United 20:15 Free State Stars
TOMORROW Maritzburg United 20:15 Polokwane City
SUNDAY Bloemfontein Celtic 15:00 Mamelodi Sundowns
SUNDAY Platinum Stars 15:00 Bidvest Wits
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