Kaizer Chiefs coach hits back at Stuart Baxter's comments: 'He is actually exposing himself'

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  • Arthur Zwane did not mince his words when he explained in detail the situation regarding Stuart Baxter.
  • The former Kaizer Chiefs coach recently voiced his opinion on his exit, revealing that he felt backstabbed.
  • Zwane has since replaced Baxter at Amakhosi, a month after Chiefs parted ways with the Scot.

Kaizer Chiefs head coach Arthur Zwane has laid everything bare in response to his predecessor Stuart Baxter's recent comments on how his time at the club ended.

The Scot returned to Amakhosi for a surprising second stint in May 2021, replacing Gavin Hunt with Zwane and Dillion Sheppard acting as his assistants.

Baxter and Chiefs parted ways a month before hitting the 12-month mark of his three-year deal and the 69-year-old spoke candidly about his experience the second time around at Naturena.

Baxter said he felt backstabbed while also stating that he clashed with Amakhosi sporting director Kaizer Motaung Jnr.

Baxter 'exposing himself'

But Zwane has hit back, explaining where he feels everything went sour.

"I must say I was a little bit disappointed when I heard that, but to be quite honest, I don't care. I don't really care, simply, because we are here," Zwane told reporters.

"We are in the business of football, and I listened to him carefully to what was said on the radio.

"The problem started when he was sick. So, if I [had to] break it down how it all started, it's simple. He is actually exposing himself."

Zwane continued: "We trained for one day, and then we played against Sekhukhune (United). We won against Sekhukhune, and then other players, seniors were also recovering the next game.

"Then we went to Royal AM; we lost 1-0, that time when you have players who are much fitter than those who were sick. There was no way we could play players who were not ready to play 90 minutes.

"We had to manage some, but at some point, we were told, 'no, you had to play this one'. How can you tell people to play so-and-so who are not ready when you are also sitting at home sick?

"Then you come and say the team was going to other direction, then we came in and changed things. Those were the players who were available and fit for the game against Royal AM."

'They come here to disrespect us'

A month after Baxter left his post as Chiefs boss (for the second time), Zwane was permanently given the role as head coach, while Sheppard was retained as his assistant.

However, the 2021/22 season was a complete right-off for Amakhosi as they had to deal with Covid-19 cases that saw their December fixtures rescheduled. Even Baxter contracted the virus as he revealed himself.

Zwane went into further detail:

If he can elaborate when he says we backstabbed him, how? Because we thought we were working with someone that we can learn from, someone that can be our mentor. You understand what I'm saying?

"That is why I'm breaking it down for you now. To say, when you look back, that was the situation that time. Those were the players who were available, who played by him when I was not there - when I was sick against Swallows - we had to continue because we had just beaten Swallows.

"Then we had those challenges where many players the number increased in terms of the Covid cases.

"We had to continue where we left with those who were available for selection, others were not available; they did not even come and sit on the bench.

"We had to take Mduduzi and Eden McCarthy from the development just to have numbers in terms of substitutions".

"Unfortunately, we're discussing this today. I'm a little bit disappointed.

"People must just own up, you know, if things did not work out they did not work out, you don't have to shift the blame and point fingers.

"He is the one who said he doesn't want young players, and I don't know why he was saying that.

"If he wants us to challenge him head-on, then we will do it because they come here to disrespect us and expect us to keep quiet," Zwane added.


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