Stuart Baxter hopes SuperSport United gather intel on Barrack YC before Sunday's Confed Cup kickoff


Baxter, whose side progressed to the Nedbank Cup quarter-finals with a victory over ABC Motsepe League side KwaDukuza United on Tuesday, is yet to impress in CAF competition - having previously contested the tournament when he was coach of Kaizer Chiefs.

The former Bafana Bafana tactician, who could well return to the role at the end of the current season, says at this stage he knows very little about their upcoming Confed Cup opponents. But he hopes by the time they walk on to the pitch in Monrovia, he'll have a basic understanding of how to prepare his team.

"Very little, very little," reveals Baxter when asked what he knew about Barrack Young Controllers.

"It is so difficult to get good intelligence on them but, by the time we come to the kick-off, I'd have got in any case some basics on them."

SuperSport’s progression in their Nedbank Cup title defence has added to the club’s heavy fixture load, which also includes the run-in for the Absa Premiership title race, with United still vying for domestic honours.

Baxter’s side will play seven matches in the month of April, starting on Sunday against BYC and followed by a double-header against league champions Mamelodi Sundowns [13 and 19 April], as well as their Nedbank Cup quarter-final encounter.

And the coach feels that if his side are able to overcome their challenging run of fixtures, he thinks they'll have a chance to win either the league title or Nedbank Cup trophy.

"I think if we have a bad month it'll certainly put us out of the race of the league title," says Baxter.

"If we can have a good month then I think we'll certainly be in the race. Will it mean, ‘whoever has the best April will win the league or win the [Nedbank] Cup?’ Maybe.

"I understand your question, and I'd say maybe, possibly, probably."