Bax’s the man



June 1, 2016
Bax’s the man

GOAL-HUNGRY KIWI: Jeremy Brockie. CREDIT: Sourced

Coach will lead SSU to top again.

SuperSport United are going to be a force to be reckoned with next season without a doubt.

Under Stuart Baxter they are starting to really fulfill their potential.

On Saturday Matsatsantsa won the Nedbank Cup, beating Orlando Pirates 3-2 in the first ever domestic final to be held in Polokwane.

And like they have been doing all the way through this competition, they came from behind to do it.

Character, fighting spirit and resilience have been the key elements in their Cup run as they memorably came from behind to draw 3-3 with Tuks before winning on penalties.

In the next round against Mpumalanga Black Aces again they came from behind to win 2-1.

And in the final it was more of the same recipe, after Luvuyo Memela’s opener for Bucs they didn’t take long to show us that spirit again.

Jeremy Brockie got the equaliser two minutes later, set up by Michael Boxall’s cross it was a goal made in New Zealand.

The impressive Bradley Grobler got the second and showed us his transformation under Baxter, I mean we do know him first-hand from his time at Ajax Cape Town.

Boxall himself got in on the action with the third as Matsatsantsa tore holes in the Buccaneers defence and left Pirates all at sea.

Clayton Daniels’ own goal gave Pirates hope but even a one-legged goalkeeper or a rookie replacement, Boafela Phule made his PSL debut in the final, couldn’t be taken advantage of by Eric Tinkler’s men. Just to put it in perspective, Michael Morton was a bit-part player under Gordon Igesund.

Under Baxter he has been a regular starter and was Man of the Match in the final.

They already had the squad and under Baxter it all came together.

They were tipped at the start of this season, because of the players they bought, to challenge.

But Baxter will add a few in the off-season and then watch them next term.

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