Zwane hits back at Baxter following ‘Betrayal’ claims

Zwane hits back at Baxter following ‘Betrayal’ claims
Arthur Zwane,coach of Kaizer Chiefs with Dillon Sheppard, assistant coach of Kaizer Chiefs during the DStv Premiership 2022/23 Kaizer Chiefs Training Session at the Chiefs Village, Naturena on the 18 August 2022 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

by Staff Reporter

Thursday Aug 18, 2022. 16:00

Kaizer Chiefs coach Arthur Zwane has made his feelings known after addressing claims that he and Dillon Sheppard betrayed Stuart Baxter during his time with the club, particularly when the Brit was sidelined with Covid-19.

The former Amakhosi mentor told SABC Sport that while he was recovering from Covid-19, members of the club made decisions against his will.

Baxter likened the decisions made as ‘agendas’ and that it would have been implemented whether he liked it or not.

“After I had Covid around the mid-season break, I realised even before then that there were agendas within the club,” Baxter told SABC Sports.

Those agendas were going to be satisfied whether I liked it or not, there were going to be things going on in the background, possibly not what I thought was the correct decision but it was going to be done.”

Now though, Zwane hit back at Baxter’s claims and mentioned that it was his son, Lee Baxter who ‘back-stabbed’ him.

“If he can elaborate how we back-stabbed him. We thought we were working with someone who we can learn from… someone that’ll be our mentor,” Zwane said at the club’s media open day.

“He’s the one who said he didn’t want the young players and I don’t know why he was saying that.

“If he wants us to challenge him head-on, then we’ll do it because they come here and disrespect us and expect us to keep quiet. His son [Lee] back-stabbed him, not us because he was a problem as well.

“We had to balance the team because some players couldn’t play 90 minutes but at some point we were told we have to play this one.

“How can you tell people to play so and so who’s not ready when you are sitting at home sick?

“And then you come and say the team was going the other direction and we came in and change things. No, those were the players available.’’

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