Baxter sees Bukenya as Katsande’s backup at Kaizer Chiefs

The 21-year-old Bukenya has just left Iraqi Premier League side Erbil SC, as he hopes to ply his trade in the PSL this season

Following the arrival of Ugandan defender Ivan Bukenya at Naturena on Thursday morning, Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter hopes the player can meet the requirements.

Despite initially admitting to be in the market for a quality central defender to provide depth at the back, Baxter says the team is looking for a versatile player who can move back and forth whenever there is need.

“He (Bukenya) gives me the impression that he can cover both centre-back and centre midfield. We need a little bit more cover for Willard, because Willard’s physical game is one that we risk yellow cards there,” Baxter told reporters gathered at Naturena.

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Although some fans may feel Katsande could lose his place in Baxter’s team should Bukenya be signed, the coach believes the central midfield is one position that lacks depth and needs to be reinforced.

“We are trying to make his game competitive but not reckless. Probably also we need to be realistic and know that we have cover for him,” he said.

The 60-year-old former Bafana coach says Bukenya will be released if he fails to convince the technical team that he is the player they are looking for.

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“We hope he can cover that role. We hope he can cover the centre, but if he can’t then we will have to keep looking,” added Baxter.

The last Ugandan-born player to make his name at Chiefs was David Obua who then moved to Scotland after a successful spell with AmaKhosi.

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