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Mashamaite: Baxter's man management was key to Chiefs' 2015 title win

Stuart Baxter (Gallo Images)
Stuart Baxter (Gallo Images)

Former Kaizer Chiefs defender Tefu Mashamaite has explained that Stuart Baxter inspired the team to glory by constantly boosting player confidence.

Mashamaite has reminisced about Amakhosi's last league title win, back in 2015, and pointed out that it was head coach Baxter's ability to man manage effectively that made the difference.

"We started the season with Siphiwe Tshabalala and Bernard Parker. We had other guys like Mandla Masango and George Lebese coming through along with Reneilwe Letsholonyane. We played some great attacking football," Mashamaite told Chiefs' official website.

"We had great players in our squad. Like I said, we put the previous season behind us and to have someone like Stuart Baxter who was a great man-manager helped us.

"He pushed us and constantly reminded us how good we were as players. This helped put us back to the confidence level that we needed to be at, which ultimately led to us reclaiming the glory."

He added: "It was a dream come true come coming from rural Bochum Village in Limpopo and having a dream to play professional football I did not really see myself playing for Chiefs or being captain and lifting trophy.

"It was a major achievement to realise all three, and it was the greatest moment of my life lifting the trophy at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium."

- TEAMtalk media

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