Stuart Baxter slams ‘amateurish’ Chiefs fans

2013-10-27 06:00

Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter has condemned fickle club fans for booing Kingston Nkhatha, who scored the equalising goal during the Soweto derby against Orlando Pirates.

“It was amateurish and the fans must kick out that habit as it doesn’t only affect one player but the whole team,” said Baxter.

He also praised the Zimbabwean international for showing character despite the fans demanding that he be substituted before his 40th-minute goal cancelled out Kermit Erasmus’ ninth-minute opener for the Buccaneers.

The game ended in a draw.

Baxter said he was frustrated with his charges’ poor decision making, which saw them failing to convert even when Pirates were under siege.

“I was hoping they were going to kick on in the second half but we made things difficult for ourselves.”

As for the clash between the two sets of players that halted the game briefly, midway into the second half, Baxter and his Pirates counterpart said it boiled down to the passion and commitment that came with playing in the derby.

They, however, conceded that the poor refereeing of Victor Hlungwani also contributed to the players almost coming to blows.

The fracas started after Pirates defender Happy Jele’s foul on Chiefs striker Bernard Parker went unpunished.

After consulting with the fourth official, Hlungwani did not take a decision on the clash.

Nevertheless, De Sa believed a draw was a fair result considering his side’s local programme being dwarfed by the Buccaneers’ hectic CAF Champions League schedule.

“Both teams controlled different parts of the game and 1-1 is probably a fair result,” he said.

Erasmus gave the visitors the lead when he completed a neat move initiated by Daine Klate and Thabo Matlaba down the left channel.

But television replays showed that Nkhatha equalised from a clearly offside position after he ran on to a cross from Siphiwe Tshabalala.

De Sa said he was not in a position to tell whether the goal was offside or not, except to say he was disappointed that his charges let Amakhosi back into the game.

“It is not a good thing to concede before half-time as it gives the opposition a bit of a lift.”

Baxter also used the post-match conference to convey the club’s condolences to the supporters who died in a car accident on their way to the not-so-sold-out derby.

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