The Amakhosi defender and striker both had solid performances against rivals Orlando Pirates over the weekend, despite the eventual defeat
Amakhosi lost the tie 5-4 on penalties after the match finished 1-1 in regulation time – Nale getting the goal for Chiefs – but Baxter was nonetheless satisfied with his players' performance.
"Looking at the starting 11, it gave the players an opportunity to stake a claim in the team. I thought Abia did well … he did very well offensively," Baxter said to reporters.
Nale has been a fringe player at Chiefs since his move from Golden Arrows in 2009, but if Baxter's word is anything to go by then the 'Soul Provider' could finally become a regular.
As for the back line, the Morgan Gould/Mulomowandau Mathoho partnership seems a popular choice, but Baxter says is hugely impressed with former Bidvest Wits captain Mashamaite.
"'Masha' played instead of Mathoho and he did quite well. I wouldn't say they have blown everybody else away, but they have certainly raised their shares if you want to call it that," Baxter added.