Al Ahly head coach Pitso Mosimane admits he would have allowed Arthur Zwane to finish the CAF Champions League journey with Kaizer Chiefs.
Zwane and Dillion Sheppard helped Chiefs advanced to the Champions League final after leading the club past Wydad Athletic Club over two legs as Baxter awaited his paperwork to begin his second tenure.
But after receiving his work permit, Chiefs opted for Baxter to take charge against the Red Devils who eased to their tenth star with a 3-0 win against the 10-man Amakhosi.
And Mosimane feels Zwane could feel hard done by while he also gave credit to the former Bafana Bafana coach and Gavin Hunt - who led them to the last four of the competition before being sacked in May.
"We must give respect to them. For me we must also respect coach Gavin Hunt because he doesn't get credit for bringing the team to the semi-finals and credit must go to coach Arthur Zwane and his assistant 'Sheppy' [Dillon Sheppard] and also credit to Stuart because I know he's been behind the scenes and helping them, we have to give respect," Mosimane said.
"But as a local township boy I'm very happy for Arthur Zwane, for me, if it was my way, I thought he would have got the nod again and finished what he started, but let's not forget Hunty, he's down well and the way they played suited them in the Champions League final."
Mosimane went on to add that it was an emotional campaign, having faced his former club Mamelodi Sundowns and then the club he supported growing up before expressing his pride in the Soweto giants historic run in the competition.
"I've been conflicted because I played the team from my country first, second it was a team I supported as a youngster. My history with Kaizer Chiefs has been big because my uncle played for Kaizer Chiefs," he explained.
"Doctor Khumalo's dad used to take me with his combi and take me to the games and training sessions of Chiefs. I lived and grew up in the same streets with the chairman of Kaizer Chiefs, Kaizer Motaung, I used to see him on the road with his Mustang when we played football.
"There's a lot of history and respect for the team. If I was Kaizer Chiefs I'd be very proud of the team because look where they've arrived. Nobody just arrives in the Champions League final, it's not easy but Alhamdulillah they came and we won the trophy."