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Baxter – How It Felt Watching Chiefs From The Stands

Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter has opened up on how it felt watching his side from the stands in their CAF Champions League semi-finals against Wydad Casablanca.

The 67-year-old was appointed as Chiefs coach in June but could not officially start his job yet as he did not have a work permit for his new role with Amakhosi.

Baxter explained that he has been working in his new role from day one but he couldn’t do it officially.

“But I’d agreed to come back, it was just a question of, well, let’s get you on the bench as quickly as we can,” he told reporters.

“And, and in the interim, I was doing whatever I could. I had a work permit,  but it was with SAFA. So I was allowed to work in South Africa, but not officially because of all the paperwork. 

“So I did what I could do to prepare the team in the interim, and then the work permit came through officially and I can now sit on the bench.”

Baxter also revealed that watching his team from the stands against Wydad was one of the most testing experiences of his career.

“But it was it was probably one of the most nervous times of my career to have to sit in the stand and watch the team that that you were  responsible for, playing without you so to speak,” he added.

“But the boys did a great job. The boys lifted their spirits and showed great understanding the few things that we put down. 

“So I’m happy with being back on the bench, and I’m looking forward to the game immensely.”