Baxter needs strong response in CAF second leg v Al-Ahly

Stuart Baxter. Picture: Gallo Images.

SUPERSPORT United coach Stuart Baxter needs a strong response from his side when they meet Al-Ahly Shendi in the CAF Confederation Cup second leg at Lucas Moripe stadium on Sunday at 6pm. United are trailing 3-2, with goals scored by Mario Booysen and Jeremy Brockie.

They need a 1-0 victory to progress to the next stage of the competition by virtue of the away goal. Having analysed his opponents in the first leg, Baxter feels his side stand a good chance of going through, especially since they are playing at home. “It was a typical nightmare African adventure. It was a massive flight, the field was like it was ploughed,” Baxter said referring to the first leg.

“It was chaotic around the stadium and the referee gave them a penalty in the second half when they had done nothing until then. So we have to drag our way back from that. “To get two away goals was a decent performance. But they can play football, even on that pitch they tried to knock it around.

“On a quicker pitch here, we have a good chance of going through to the next round.” Baxter also said that Al-Ahly Shendi like to play possession football and that they have two quick wingers who will have to be closed down.

“They play a 4-4-2 formation and pass the ball a lot and if they are under pressure they just launch over the top,” Baxter said. “So it is a team that likes to play possession football and get behind you. We did quite well in the first half, it was 0-0.

“I played Morgan Gould as a holding midfielder and he did well until he got injured and we had to take him off at halftime. “Then they got a penalty and it became a different game and we had to start chasing it. They won’t be easy opponents, not at all.” United will be coming to this second leg clash at the back of a 2-1 hard fought victory over Royal Eagles in the Nedbank Cup last 32 and will want to take that extra confidence into Sunday’s clash.

“I’ll just recuperate the players the best we can and pick the strongest team we can put on the field. “I’m sure whoever I pick will give it a run.”

-Neville Khoza