STUART Baxter bid a farewell to SuperSport United in style after he guided the Tshwane based side to their second Nedbank Cup title, WRITES NAKAMPE LEKWADU
Baxter who has since been appointed as the coach for the country’ senior national team, Bafana Bafana ushered Matsatsantsa A Pitori to a 4-1 drubbing over Orlando Pirates in a fast flowing Nedbank Cup final match which was played at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on Saturday, June 24.
Against an old saying that goes: “Lightning can’t struck twice at the same place.” This final match, was a replica of what happened in Limpopo’s capital, Polokwane at the Peter Mokaba Stadium when United beat the same Pirates in the Ke Yona Cup with the Baxter as the same coach.
This is Baxter’s third time to win the Nedbank Cup after having won the competition while he was still with Kaizer Chiefs in 2008.
Since his appointment as Bafana Bafana coach, Baxter has guided the team to their first ever victory over Nigeria in an official match. This via a 2-0 victory away to Nigeria in the qualifying AFCON match. His positive start against Nigeria was dented by a 2-1 loss to Zambia in a friendly international match few days later.
Bradley Grobler rattled the net twice (32nd and 64th minutes respectively) with Jeremy Brockie and substitute Kingston Nkatha sealing United’s victory in the 61st and 82nd minutes apiece while Oupa Manyisa scored Pirates’ consolation goal at the 90th minute.
Baxter who has since been replaced by former Cape Town City coach, Eric Tinkler leaves United after not so bad season after having led the club to a 5th position finish and winning the Nedbank Cup was a cherry on top of a successful season.
As for Pirates, 2016/17 season was their worse season which they would love to quickly forget, even worse after they failed to qualify for the top 8 after their 11th position finish on the log.