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Baxter told reporters after the Soweto Derby that Chiefs fans should stop booing their own players if they are to be classified as avid fans

Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter expressed his disappointment at how the club supporters behaved towards Kingston Nkhatha during the Soweto Derby this past weekend.

Nkhatha was booed by a bulk of Chiefs fans in the first half of the same game, and they immediately signalled to Baxter to replace the Zimbabwean international.

And Baxter labelled the behaviour of Chiefs supporters as “amateurish”, and he believes that their actions towards one player affect the entire team.

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“It is sad to the players when after 20 minutes, and maybe three mistakes, that your own supporters are booing one of your players,” said Baxter.

“I call that madness. I call it amateurish, and if we want to go anywhere in South African football, especially if Kaizer Chiefs want to go anywhere, and if the supporters want to go anywhere, then they should kick that habit immediately, because that impacted on all of the team.

“I am saying Pirates dominated also in the beginning of the game. How much did that [booing Nkhatha] play a part if the supporters are booing you? You feel sorry for one of your teammates,” added Baxter.

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Nkhatha bailed Chiefs out with a controversial goal late in the first half, and Baxter, who admitted that he wanted to replace him out at halftime, was impressed with the way Nkhatha handled the pressure from the fans.

“Kingston showed enormous strength of character to keep going, and I was so pleased he scored the goal. I was going to take him off at halftime, not because of the supporters, but because they were smashing him and he was going to run himself down into the ground and before that happens I was going to change him,” said Baxter.

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