Stuart Baxter: Kaizer Chiefs' defeat against Stellies 'doesn't affect the derby at all'

03 November 2021 - 10:20
By Marc Strydom
Sifiso Hlanti of Kaizer Chiefs shields the ball from Deano van Rooyen of Stellenbosch FC in the DStv Premiership match at FNB Stadium on November 2 2021.
Image: Gavin Barker/BackpagePix/Gallo Images Sifiso Hlanti of Kaizer Chiefs shields the ball from Deano van Rooyen of Stellenbosch FC in the DStv Premiership match at FNB Stadium on November 2 2021.

Kaizer Chiefs’ 1-0 Absa Premiership defeat against Stellenbosch at FNB Stadium on Tuesday will have “no affect at all” on Saturday’s Soweto derby against Orlando Pirates, Amakhosi coach Stuart Baxter said.

Chiefs suffered their first defeat in five matches and slipped from sixth to seventh in the Premiership. In contrast, Pirates edged fifth-placed Sekhukhune United 2-1 at Orlando Stadium on Tuesday, and skipped Chiefs up to sixth.

Form, though, is a notoriously unreliable indicator of the manner in which the Soweto derby will pan out, with performances on the day in the hyped match counting for far more.

Chiefs and Pirates are also known for slipping up in their build-up matches to the derby, where focus can drift to the big match.

“It doesn’t affect the derby at all. I think this result, win, lose or draw, the derby has its own life – that’s my experience of the derby,” Baxter said after the Stellenbosch loss.

“So now we have a few of days to recuperate, refresh, put together the gameplan for Pirates.

“Because you’re certainly not trying to get one eye on Pirates and one eye on Stellenbosch – that would be suicidal. So we’ve tried to give this game all of our attention and we’ll try to give the Pirates game all of our attention.”

Chiefs host Pirates at FNB Stadium on Saturday (kickoff 3.30pm).