SuperSport United coach Stuart Baxter relishes winning in any scenario


The Brit's competitive spirit was evident as his side overcame Kaizer Chiefs in a Nedbank Cup quarter-final contested at FNB Stadium on Saturday.

Having been defeated by Mamelodi Sundowns twice in the space of a week the result was a massive relief to Baxter; jubilant after Jeremy Brockie tucked home the winning penalty to send his side into the Nedbank Cup semi-finals for the second time in succession after winning the same tournament last season.

“I love winning,” said Baxter. “I love winning if I am playing tennis against my wife. I love winning when I am playing a kick-around with the kids around the garden.

"I love winning games of football. Winning a tournament is an even better form of winning because you get a trophy, medal and a pat on the back."

Baxter has conceded that the past three defeats in the league took their toll on him, but he was glad to see his team back to winning ways against Chiefs in Johannesburg.

“We had a couple results we felt we didn’t play well," he said. "We start off with the Baroka result, that was a poor performance. We can try to philosophise - is it the players destabilised by the rumours about me with SAFA? Has it been the long journey in CAF? Has it been injuries to certain players?

“It doesn’t matter, a poor performance is a poor performance. Defeat is defeat, it tastes just as bad all the time."