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Pitso Responds To Baxter’s Mindgames

Pitso Mosimane has responded to Stuart Baxter’s mind games from ahead of the CAF Champions League final, saying he was waiting for the surprise his opponent had hinted at.

The South African coach saw his side beat Kaizer Chiefs on 3-0 Saturday evening to lift their 10th CAF Champions League title.

Baxter, who surprised many by appearing in the pre-match press conference on Friday, had hinted at “one more surprise” in the final.

In addition, the Glamour Boys never announced their squad for the final, with the club’s team news only coming out 90 minutes ahead of the match.

Mosimane, though, revealed he knew Chiefs’ line-up before the game and Amakhosi played exactly like he expected.

“Well, I guess the surprise maybe it was coach Baxter on the bench if I’m not mistaken or maybe Khama (Billiat) coming on because I kept looking what was the surprise,” he said when asked by iDiski Times about Chiefs build up to the game.

“And my analyst was intensive on scouting, scouting the pictures from Kaizer Chiefs’ training sessions yesterday. 

“The players who were wearing the bibs, we knew those wearing the bibs were about to start. So I knew what starting line-up is because we are professionals. We are hawks, at this space in time, we can see with the bibs that were given to the players in training, we knew the starting line-up and the game came out as expected, to be honest.

“What’s good is that both teams stuck to their principles and that shows maturity because you cannot blame Kaizer Chiefs because of the score or the result. 

“Of course they got the red card and that gave us an opportunity but even before the red card their tactics were the same, everything came out as expected. We never changed our tactics and they didn’t change their tactics.

“And why should they change the tactics if they reach the CAF Champions League Final? You can criticise them but they reached the CAF Champions League final. So those who have better tactics, why were they not in the final? 

“So let’s be humble and respect each other’s teams, the way they play. Because it is not for me to criticise because we won and then criticise. We must give respect to Kaizer Chiefs.”

Mosimane himself lifted his third CAF Champions League trophy, becoming the first African coach to win Africa’s elite competition thrice.