CAF Interclubs Stuart Baxter blames refereeing decision after CAF Champions League defeat

Stuart Baxter

Kaizer Chiefs head coach Stuart Baxter was left bitter for his first game in charge of the Naturena-based club following their loss against Al Ahly in CAF Champion League final on Saturday (3-0).

Even though the Glamour Boys were seen as underdogs going in to the showdown, they still believed in their chances to stun the nine-time African Champions.

However, their chances and plans got a huge setback as Happy Mashiane was sent off with red card after a challenge on Al Ahly’s right-back.

And for Stuart Baxter, that refereeing decision appeared to be the turning point of the match as he was compelled to change his plans.

Read more : Kaizer Chiefs miss out CAF Champions League title after losing against Al Ahly

Samir Nurkovic in a challenge with Badr Benoun.
Samir Nurkovic in a challenge with Badr Benoun.

“I thought with the challenges that we’ve had building up to the final, the players did really well,” the 67-year-old said after the game as per IdiskiTimes.

“The opening of the game, we pressed high, but al Ahly were good with the ball.

“I thought we did that reasonably well, but we had less and less of our attacks.

“We couldn’t follow the plan that we’ve had.

“The red card turned out to be the killer, I had to change the game. The second half they put the gas to the floor, the same time we had the hand brake on.”


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