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Orlando Pirates vs Kaizer Chiefs: Ncikazi and Baxter controversial quotes ahead of Soweto Derby clash

11:23 GMT+3 03/03/2022
Stuart Baxter, Kaizer Chiefs & Mandla Ncikazi, Orlando Pirates, November 2021
Two of the biggest football clubs in the country are set to meet in a titanic PSL encounter at Orlando Stadium on Saturday and two outspoken coaches will also go head to head

  • Mandla Ncikazi, Orlando Pirates, February 2022

    Two controversial coaches to meet

    As part of the build-up for the Soweto Derby, GOAL looks back at some of the controversial statements Pirates coach Mandla Ncikazi and his Chiefs counterpart Stuart Baxter have made in the last few years;

  • Bafana Bafana, Stuart Baxter

    Baxter: There's 56 million waiting to chop our heads off

    Baxter was annoyed by what he felt was the lack of support for Bafana during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations finals in Egypt.

    The Wolverhampton-born tactician, who was in his second stint as Bafana head coach, had watched on as his side lost to Ivory Coast in their opening group game with a clash against Namibia looming. 

    "I think I can understand when you say the atmosphere back home is negative because when I came into the job two years ago it was negative," Baxter said in a press conference. 

    "And it's been negative all the way through. Even though the Ivory Coast game is the first we have lost in one-and-a-half years, still it was negative.

     "And still people are talking that now we will dismantle Namibia, which is totally disrespectful towards a team who have qualified for Afcon and ran Morocco very close. So, yes, there were positives to take out of the game against Ivory Coast - 100 per cent," he added.

    "I think we need to get a touch of reality. That was a top-class [Ivory Coast] team we were playing. "It annoys me sometimes when we hear of the 56 million behind us. There's 56 million waiting to chop our heads off."
  • Mandla Ncikazi, Orlando Pirates, August 2021

    Ncikazi: The PSL is bigger than the Afcon

    The Pirates coach made a shocking claim regarding the Africa Cup of Nations finals last month as he stated that the PSL may very well be a stronger competition than Africa’s premier international tournament.

    This was after he was asked why Frank Mhango was not in Pirates' matchday squad during the team's match against AmaZulu FC despite the striker having flourished for Malawi at the 2021 Afcon finals - scoring three goals in three games. 

    Ncikazi responded by saying the following about the Afcon tournament:

    "Mhango will wait like all the other players. We recognise and acknowledge his performance in the Afcon, but maybe the league in South Africa is bigger than the Afcon. But that is a question for another day," Ncikazi told the media.
  • Stuart Baxter Odisha FC ISL 7

    Baxter: One of my players would have to 'rape' someone

    The British tactician shocked the footballing world by suggesting his players would have to "rape" someone to get a penalty from the referee while in charge of Indian club Odisha FC in February 2021.

    Baxter was a frustrated man after Odisha lost to Jamshedpur leaving his side rock-bottom in the Indian Super League standings, but the following words cost him his job as he was fired by the club over the comments. 

    ”You need decisions to go your way and they didn’t. I don’t know when we’re going to get a penalty. I think one of my players would have to rape someone or get raped himself if he was going to get a penalty," Baxter told the media.
  • Mandla Ncikazi, Golden Arrows, May 2021

    Ncikazi: If we benefited from that let it be

    The 2020/21 PSL Coach of the Season nominee was not bothered after his club, Lamontville Golden Arrows scored a controversial goal against his future employers, Pirates in February 2021.

    There was controversy surrounding Pule Mmodi's first goal as there were two balls on the pitch at the same time. The appeals from Pirates players and bench were waved away by referee Tshidiso Maruping and Bucs went on to lose 2-0 to Arrows. 

    Maruping was supposed to have stopped the match and allowed Arrows to take the throw-in properly while there was no ball rolling inside the pitch. However, Ncikazi was glad to have benefitted from the referee's mistake.

    "I didn't see two balls, it was two tens, if that was the case unfortunate but if we benefited from that let it be," Ncikazi told SuperSport TV.
  • Stuart Baxter South Africa June 6

    Baxter: I am not a desperate coach

    The two-time PSL Coach of the Season made it known that he was not desperate to continue as coach of Bafana in July 2019.

    Bafana had been eliminated from the 2019 Afcon finals after losing to Nigeria in a quarter-final match and Baxter was expected to reflect on the tournament and plan the way forward.

    However, the former Finland coach stated that he is not afraid of being fired by the South African Football Association before he resigned the following month. 

    “Look, I’ve got no problems leaving this job! Don’t confuse me with a coach that’s desperate for a job,” Baxter said in a press conference.

    “This week, I’ve turned down a job with a north African nation. I’ve turned down a job last week with the Saudi (Arabians). I’ve turned down jobs in Asia and South Africa to stay with this team.

    "I am not a desperate coach! I stayed in the job because I want to take the team forward. And if I don’t, I’ll leave. So, don’t confuse me with that desperate coach of ‘please don’t sack me’.”