Thursday, 20 March 2014

DO I WANT TO WORK FOR A FOOTBALL CLUB WHERE THE FANS BEHAVE LIKE THAT? Baxter on the boo boys

Outraged: Stuart Baxter refused to greet Chiefs fans last night

STUART BAXTER'S Kaizer Chiefs pulled off a sensational late escape in Polokwane last night - and then had another blast at the AmaKhosi for booing the club's Zimbabwean Kingston Nkatha.

The double-winners won 2-0 against Roger de Sa's Ajax Cape Town to extend their lead at the top of the PSL to six points with eight left to play last night with Gavin Hunt's Wits held 0-0 by AmaTuks.

But those two late goals from Knowledge Musona failed to calm the Wolverhampton-born coach who became the first foreign boss to win the title in his first season last year.

With a brutal African Champion League trip to Congo's AS Vita to come this weekend, Baxter was seen at one point gesticulating to the fans as the booed their favourite target Kingston Nkatha during the clash at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane.

Afterwards Baxter, 60, could barely contain his fury as he REFUSED to thank the 15,000 fans and admitted he was struggling to live happily with the AmaKhosi fans.

He said: "I will be brutally honest, usually I go and greet the fans but I will not greet the fans tonight.

"What they do with Kingston ... when Kingston was one on one with the goalkeeper we can thank the fans for that. Because he was so nervous he just blasted it. Now we can thank the fans for that, and I will not greet them.

"It leaves the question do you want to work at a football club where the fans behave that way to your players when they're top of the league and giving it their all?

"I don't know, that's a question I am going to have to answer."

Speaking on football show BOLLOCKZ! on www.ballz.co.za, Baxter emphasised his point, saying "Fans who boo their own players when we are top of the League? Who boo a player who works as hard as Nkatha? Deplorable. I don't understand it.

"My assistant Doctor Khumalo feels we should bring legends to educate the fans, but I don't see why. We go to Polokwane to show them our team, we don't go to get our players booed by our fans."


On the match itself, Baxter said: "I thought it was a good game of football to start with, two teams who are well organised and know what to do," said Baxter.

"In the first half, we gave away possession too many times for it to be a good first, at times we were excellent, Ajax were always a threat, we had to work hard.

"The second half, I thought the boys played better football in possession,a and when we got the goal, I thought it was rough justice, we were missing so many chances, i was beginning to think we weren't going to get that goal.

"Knowledge pops up and gets two superb goals and then they run out the game , there must have been some tired legs there, but it wasn't evident."

Zimbabwean striker Knowledge Musona, on long-term loan at Naturena from German Bundesliga outfit Hoffenheim, said: "We were under pressure because it was almost 90 minutes and we didn't score.

"We worked very well, we did a good job to collect maximum points , that was a very good game and well done to the boys.

"We missed a lot of chances, especially me, I got most of the chances in the game, I kept going, I knew I was going to score and finally in the last two minutes I got the goals." 


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