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Baxter Explains Mashiane Red Card

Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter has explained what lead to Happy Mashiane’s red card, saying the occasion maybe got to him.

The Englishman who was on the sideline for the first time after receiving his work permit in the build-up saw his team lose 3-0 to Al Ahly, thanks to three second half goals.

The game was heavily influenced by Happy Mashiane’s red card on the brink of half-time, which was given to the Chiefs midfielder after VAR review.

Baxter explained that Mashiane’s young age, the way the game progressed and Al Ahly’s players becoming physical with him got to the 23-year-old.

“I think we will we went into the game with the three young ones, we’ve got (Njabulo) Blom, we’ve got Mshini (Nkosingiphile Ngcobo) and we’ve got Happy (Mashiane),” he told reporters.

“And this was potentially a bridge too far for them. But they were in good mental balance. 

“But I think the frustration grew with Happy. We got him into the game early on, in situations where you think he’s is good at that and he let the ball get away from him. I think that frustrated him. 

“And then he got smacked a couple of times. I think that frustrated him. And the fact that he was chasing the ball late in the half, that was frustrated him. And I think all of that boiled over with him. 

“And I think he gave them an unnecessary free kick, that wasn’t necessary to go in that hard in that area of the field, but he is a young lad and the frustration boiled over.

“And I think it’s correct what you’re saying that it sort of got to a to a point where he wanted to give back what he thought you’d be getting. So he’s disappointed, I’m sure but he will learn from it.

“He’s disappointed, I’m sure he’ll learn from it.”