Baxter changes his tune about Khune’s replacement for Kaizer Chiefs-Platinum Stars game

Chiefs coach Baxter said he will decide on Khune’s replacement after Friday’s training session despite initially dropping the bomb that Khuzwayo will play against Dikwena

Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter has told the reporters gathered at Naturena on Thursday that he hasn’t decided on who will replace Itumeleng Khune against Platinum Stars this weekend.

Baxter believes that all of the three Chiefs goalkeepers stand equal chance of playing on Sunday despite initially suggesting that Brilliant Khuzwayo would be in goal.

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“I am still discussing it with my technical team and we do not want to make a decision that brings pressure to the keeper who is going to take over from Itu (Khune). I guess today (Thursday) and tomorrow’s (Friday) training sessions will give us the enough information,” he said.

The AmaKhosi mentor admitted that he changed his mind about Khuzwayo after consulting with the team’s goalkeeper coach Rainer Dinkelacker who felt that every goalkeeper deserves to be given a fair chance before deciding on who will start. 

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“I had a conversation with our goalkeeper coach immediately after the Swallows game and we thought this is an important game for us and we will make the decision based on how the goalkeepers are responding at training,” added Baxter.

With Khuzwayo a doubtful starter for Dikwena clash on Sunday, veteran goalkeeper Arthur Bartman is expected to be in goal for the first time since his frustrating night against Bidvest Wits in the last 16 of the Telkom Knockout Cup on October 19. Chiefs lost that match 3-2.