Derby won't decide title: Baxter

2012-12-06 21:16

Johannesburg - While Saturday's Soweto derby will see a face-off between the top two teams on the Premiership log, Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter says the result against Orlando Pirates will not determine who wins the league.

"This game will not be a decider in the title race, but they will still be three very important points," Baxter said on Thursday.

"If we win, will that mean we’ve won the title? No. If we draw or we lose, will that mean we have lost the title? No."

Up against Buccaneers at the FNB Stadium, Chiefs have a three point advantage over the defending champions.

Baxter believed fixtures between Chiefs and Pirates were among the most emotionally charged derbies in world soccer.

He said a Manchester derby, for instance, would affect people in Manchester, but the people in London would not really care about it.

"But here, the derby affects people in Mpumalanga and Nelspruit," Baxter said.

"That is why we’re dealing with more emotion."

Baxter said he appreciated the significance of South Africa’s biggest derby.

"I’m pretty well-aware of the history of the game," he said.

"Derby games deal with emotion and passion and it’s more special because it affects more people. When you go into a derby game, you’re aware of that."

While the match would stir up emotion, key Chiefs midfielder Reneilwe Letsholonyane said the main aim was to win the league.

"We’re working hard as a team to not lose games, and because the big picture is winning the league you can’t afford to lose many games," Letsholonyane said.

"We just have to get more positive results than negative."

If his side could beat Pirates, Letsholonyane said - unlike his coach - it would be a significant step towards claiming the title.

"It is important to get the three points against Pirates because then we will be six points ahead," Letsholonyane said.

"Still it would be too early to tell. This game would be just a stepping-stone for us to winning the league."

Chiefs came back from a recent loss to Platinum Stars away to dispatch Ajax Cape Town 3-0 midweek.

"It’s part of our job, you win some, you lose some," he said.

"You just have to get those games out of your head like the one against Platinum Stars. It’s about how we pick ourselves up and move on."


  • caswell.mnisi.9 - 2012-12-06 22:35

    Very true Baxter but we need that 3 point and must hurt the emotion of the Rats

      joe.bizzah - 2012-12-06 22:44


  • luvuyo.zihle - 2012-12-06 23:09

    Mr baxter i wont say yu right bt make plan to open dat gap . Use dladla or nale on right wing katsande and yeye midfield , gaxa tshepo mathoho matshamaite back 4.

      maeleletjed.mathaka - 2012-12-07 06:23

      Ohk Baxter,weldone for your good job @ chiefs,

  • markhams.hudivhannyimudanamafhungo - 2012-12-06 23:27

    some1 is not doing his job, u need a proper orientation. the derby affect people in Mpumalanga and Nelspruit. #reclaimingtheglory

  • andrew.worrall.5 - 2012-12-07 02:28

    Why was Baxter fired as Bafana coach again? Oh!!!! Because he knows what he's doing

  • motshidi.ntswana - 2012-12-07 04:11

    This Derby affects the whole Country,granted Coach! But then again Khosi need to bag this one to guarantee title decision!

  • Sakhiwo - 2012-12-07 05:55

    Reclaiming the glory

  • daniel.boya.9 - 2012-12-07 06:18

    no need to panic boys just play the game.

  • saidor.rhatinga - 2012-12-07 07:29

    du u tnk pirates or chiefs cn tk league? no its sundown cn du it

  • joseph.mantsoe - 2012-12-07 07:31

    Derby affects the whole country not only Mpumalanga

  • joseph.mantsoe - 2012-12-07 07:32

    Derby affects the whole country not only Mpumalanga

      jack.mokganya - 2012-12-07 07:44

      When Baxter says the derby affects people in Mpumalanga and Nelspruit, he doesn't leterary mean only those two provinces. He's saying unlike the Manchester derby where the supporters are specifically based in Manchester, the derby is a different story, it's not only Gauteng but it includes provinces like Mpumalanga, Nelspruit etc. Shapa Khosi Shapa, 100% Khosi for Life

      nkosinathi.dyantyi.9 - 2012-12-07 08:50

      Agree with u joseph even here in EASTERN CAPE

  • tokollo.moeletsi - 2012-12-07 08:12

    Up the Bucs

  • washington.maponyane - 2012-12-07 08:32

    Khosi For Life no matter what!

  • washington.maponyane - 2012-12-07 08:35

    Khosi For Life No Matter What!

  • washington.maponyane - 2012-12-07 08:36

    Khosi For Life No Matter What!

  • cosmas.ngwenya - 2012-12-07 08:46

    Bosso ke mang......UP THE BUCS!! down with Gayz r Thieves!!!

  • ralph.mthethwa - 2012-12-07 10:24

    My feeling exactly who ever wins on saterday dasnt mean they wil win the league its stl early days to realy decide myb the derby in march next year wil decide who knows.

  • ayanda.d.sokhela - 2012-12-07 10:36

    Title of the article: 'Derby wont decide title: Baxter'. Stating the obvious really. You cant beat one team and be crowned champions, its not even halfway point yet...duh.. And i wont comment too much about some of the comments here. As for tomorrow, well may the best team(Orlando Pirates) win!

  • gondlars - 2012-12-07 12:03

    4 de luv of de game lts wait 4 2mrw

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