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Baxter & Ncikazi – Form Doesn’t Count In Soweto Derby

Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter as well as Orlando Pirates co-caretaker coach Mandla Ncikazi insisted that form doesn’t count ahead of the Soweto derby.

The two sides will meet in the DStv Premiership on Saturday afternoon after Pirates moved ahead of Amakhosi following their win over Sekhukhune United and Chiefs’ defeat to Stellenbosch FC.

Both coaches insisted that the derby has it’s own dynamic and form leading up to the game will likely go out of the window.

“It doesn’t affect the derby at all. I think this result, win, lose or a draw, the derby, has it’s own life. That’s my experience of the derbies,” Baxter told reporters.

“We have a couple of days to recuperate and refresh, put together a game-plan vs Pirates but we were certainly not putting one eye on Pirates and one eye on Stellenbosch, that would be suicidal.

“We’ve tried to give this all our attention and we’ll give Pirates all our attention now.”

His counterpart, Ncikazi hit a similar tune, even though he is happy that his side ended their of four league games without a win before facing their Soweto rivals.

“I’m happy that we’ve won today, but in the derby, in such matches there is no form,” he said.

“There is no history behind, it depends on what happens on the day of the match. But I’m happy that we’re confident a bit, we’ll play with a bit of confidence and belief.

“But like I said, this match, there is no form, there is no history, it will depend on what happens on the day of the match. 

“And I’m hoping and praying that Pirates are playing with confidence and get a result against a very formidable side of Kaizer Chiefs.” 

The game will kick off at 15:30 at the FNB Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

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