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Baxter says Bukenya needs time to settle and get used to how the team plays, and he is positive the Ugandan international would bring something different to the team

Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter has told the club website that he is excited to have eventually added Ivan Bukenya to his existing squad.

Baxter says signing Bukenya is part of refreshing the team that won two trophies last season as they now look at the bigger picture which is the 2014 Caf Champions League.

“This is part of the process of refreshing the team. Ivan is tall and very strong plus he has age on his side. We are strong at the back and we looked at him as one for the future and also giving us options tactically.

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“He understands his role in the team as we have described it to him. He is willing to adapt and to take it one step at the time. I am excited to have him as part of the squad,” said Baxter.

The Ugandan-born Bukenya was reportedly impressive during Chiefs’ 6-0 win over Moroka Swallows in a friendly match, but Baxter says he won't rush him into action as he wants him to fully adapt to the team’s style of play.

“I will not rush him until we are satisfied that he has adapted to our system as well as the culture in and around the club,” he said.

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However, the 60-year-old Englishman is convinced that Bukenya will be a great asset to Chiefs, judging from what he saw in the past few weeks.

“As I said before he arrived I heard good things about him and had an opportunity to look at him in the past month to analyze him and I am satisfied with what I have seen so far,” concluded Baxter.

The 21-year-old Bukenya is expected to make his “debut” when AmaKhosi take on Bloemfontein Celtic in the Macufe Cup on October 13.

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