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Unexpected | Kaizer Chiefs Coach Arthur Zwane drop bombshell at Stuart Baxter


Former coach Stuart Baxter has received backlash from Kaizer Chiefs head coach Arthur Zwane, who claims he "doesn't care" about his remarks.

In an earlier week interview with SABC Sport, the former Amakhosi coach responded to claims made by the club's chairman Kaizer Motaung that Baxter was fired due of his refusal to utilise younger players and his unfavourable reputation with supporters.

In response, Baxter told SABC Sport that he was not fired but had become aware that certain "agendas" were in motion, which had led to his departure. He also discussed his complex friendship with Sporting Director Kaizer Motaung Jr.

He further asserted that Zwane and Dillan Sheppard were leading the team's coaching efforts while he was out with Covid in December. Motaung Jr. During the Chiefs' open media day on Thursday, Zwane clarified the situation and addressed Baxter's remarks.

"I must admit, I'm a little let down. But I won't lie—I don't give a damn. I don't really care because we're here and involved in the football industry, Zwane remarked.

"When I closely consider what he [Baxter] said on the radio, the issue began when he was ill.

So, if I were to summarise how it all began, it would be straightforward.

Because I was unwell the same weekend we played the Swallows and coach "Sheppie" following, he is genuinely exposing himself.

Coach Sheppie and I were still resting when we were meant to play a game versus Cape Town City [which they didn't honour]. Since we already had Covid instances, Ntiya-Nyiya and Happy Mashiane were in the starting XI against the Swallows, and the majority of the players were young. Unfortunately, that number went up the following weekend. I counted myself among the ailing people. After the Cape Town City game, which we were unable to play due to a lack of players, we were forced to play the game against Arrows. We had to assemble 11 players just before my first day of training since there was clearly outside pressure for us to play by the rules in effect at the time.

When I arrived at training, we had seven players available to play. If my memory serves me correctly, we only had a few players to play at that time.

We were able to get about 13 players, but we are aware that some wouldn't even be able to survive. Some of the players had to isolate because they were in close contact.

We had to put together a starting XI, but it couldn't be balanced among the positions, so we had to start Nkosingiphile Ngcobo, Njabulo Blom, and a number of other players who weren't usually on the field.

We just had one day of practise before playing Sekhukhune and winning. We travelled to Royal AM and suffered a 1-0 loss as other players and seniors were now also healing.

There was no way to have guys who were not ready for 90 minutes during that period when you had players who are significantly more fit than others who were sick, so we had to manage some.

"But you have to play this one," they told us. But how can you claim that the team was headed in one path before we arrived and altered course while telling them that they must play while they are unwell and at home? No, those were the only players that could be found.

Sadly, we're talking about this right now. Zwane also insisted that Baxter "must own up" and not try to "shift the blame" for his Chiefs departure. I'm a little let down by individuals because they need to just fess up.

He said, "If things didn't work out, they didn't work out.

"You don't have to assign blame or make accusations. It was he who declared he didn't want the young players. I'm not sure why he said that.

They assault us here and want us to remain silent, so if he wants us to challenge him head-on, we will.

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