Baccus on PSL standard, and Middendorp’s tactics

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Kaizer Chiefs Midfielder Kearyn Baccus says it hasn’t been easy to settle in the Premier Soccer League (PSL) after joining Amakhosi during the off-season from Australia.

Baccus, who was born in Durban before moving down under with his parents as a toddler, has featured in all the six Absa Premiership matches so far for Chiefs, scoring a goal and providing two crucial assists.

The former Melbourne City holding midfielder says the football played here in South Africa is different from where he comes from.

Just like former AmaZulu FC head coach Cavin Johnson had remarked recently about the type and standard of football played in the PSL, Baccus feels that the so-called small football teams play differently compared to the big teams.

He feels the so-called small teams are more defensive-orientated in their play.

Out of the six matches that Baccus has played so far, it was only in the last two matches against Polokwane City and AmaZulu FC where he managed to play the full 90 minutes.

He provided the crucial assist to Khama Billiat for the final goal during the 2-0 win at King Zwelithini Stadium and that rounded off his man of the match performance.

From the football that Baccus plays, he’s comfortable on the ball and has quickly endeared himself to the Amakhosi fans who have been longing for a No.8 of his caliber.

The 28-year-old has also taken notice of the multitudes of Chiefs fans with a majority of their games so far away from home, having been sold out.

Interestingly, Baccus says when he came to Chiefs he wanted to wear jersey No.15, unaware that the it was retired in honour of Amakhosi’s legend Doctor Khumalo.

Report by Velile Mnyandu

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