The veteran tactician insists there is no strained relationship between him and his rival on Sunday
Kaizer Chiefs head coach Stuart Baxter has denied having a good relationship with Mamelodi Sundowns head coach Rhulani Mokwena.
During Friday’s press conference ahead of the PSL meeting between the two parties at Lucas Moripe Stadium, the experienced tactician took the opportunity to shed light on the issue.
He maintained that there is professional respect between him and the Brazilian coach.
What was said?
“I do not know where anyone got the idea that Rhulani and I do not see face to face,” Baxter said. DiskTimes.
“I probably think that in football terms we see the game being played in a way, and that we do not hide behind our own opinions as the gospel as written by the coaches.
“Rhulani can cut me off now and say ‘I hate the old boy’, but I have never felt it. There is professional respect between me and Rhulani as far as I am concerned.”
Meanwhile, Baxter has revealed that Amakhosi is doing this keep a close eye on Keagan Dolly and Khama Billiat before their upcoming assignment against the defending champions.
The tactician was concerned about Dolly’s weight, while the latter was involved in International Week when he played for Zimbabwe against South Africa and Ethiopia.
‘We have Lebo [Manyama] back to normal training. Our management [Dolly] and how much he can play, we manage [Billiat]. He has played for the national team a few times, so I suspect he is now fully with the team, ‘Baxter told the same portal.
He further gave updates on several other players ahead of the important task against Sundowns.
“We have Leonardo Castro, who is still in Colombia. He is still unable to do any rehabilitation after his surgery. He is completely immobilized at the moment. One is far from the road,” he continued.
“Daniel [Akpeyi] is on his way back from Nigeria but he sustained no injuries. Brandon [Petersen] adjusted a bit, but he practiced … He looked very good, we’ll see how he responds [on Friday].
“You could still get injured between today and the game, but right now we have it.”
Both Chiefs and Sundowns have collected four points from their first two league games.