I share the same sentiments with Ted Ted Dumitru (Article: http://bit.ly/1ftK0AE ) regarding Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter’s wrong method of coaching Amakhosi based on the Tuesday’s game against Orlando Pirates.
Some tactical blunders observed:
1. Chiefs started like house on fire attacking Pirates in all angles and managed to get an important goal in the first half. Chiefs suffocated the Pirates midfield in the first half winning all the engine room battle but unfortunate in the second half, Chiefs players employed defensive tactics of defending too deep inviting Pirates into their kitchen which resulted in a goal by Pirates.
Had Chiefs continued with the momentum of first half, they would have beaten Pirates but unfortunate the tempo of their game decline protecting a draw than going for killer punch which is the second goal.
2. Siphiwe Tshabalala switched position to play as right winger out of his position backfired as he was bottled by Patrick Phungwayo throughout the game. Tshabalala was ineffective throughout the second half, but Baxter delayed to make tactical changes.
3. The replacement of Siyabonga Nkosi by Kingston Nkhatha was another blunder as it killed Chiefs’ creativity in the engine room. The coach should have introduced George Lebese who is more creative than Nkhatha who sometimes play as defensive striker by always tackling defenders than creating scoring opportunities.
4. Baxter is continuing overlooking effective players such as Lehlohonolo Majoro and Lucky Baloyi who are offensive minded than Nkhatha and Willard Katsande.
Don't get me wrong, Baxter is a master tactician of the modern game with balance team, but his irrational tactical decisions sometimes are working against the team. Baxter must build trust to his players to avoid deployed rigid tactical decisions.
By Owen Mundalamo
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