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Kaizer Chiefs' new Ugandan defender Ivan Bukenya may make his first appearance in the Macufe Cup on Sunday afternoon

Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter has intimated that AmaKhosi's latest signing Ivan Bukenya could make his debut for the club on Sunday afternoon, when Chiefs play Bloemfontein Celtic in the Macufe Cup.

The 15th edition of the Macufe Cup will be hosted at the Free State Stadium, with Baxter is likely to play his fringe and academy players during the match.

With a number of regular starters set to be rested, Baxter has targeted the match as an opportunity to build fitness levels and focus on development at the club.

“We will field the players that do not get into the regular starting line-up. A new player like Ivan Bukenya might get a chance to make his debut in Chiefs colours.” Baxter told the club’s website.

“We will field a strong line-up mainly comprising of the players that need some game-time [Kgotso Moleko, Mandla Masango, Matthew Rusike, Erick Mathoho and Lucky Baloyi]. We will field some of the players from the Academy. Development is high on our agenda at the moment.

“We will give the youngsters a chance to have a feel of first team action. This game will give us an opportunity to lift their match fitness levels to be closer to the regulars.”

Even though Chiefs will not play a full-strength side on Sunday afternoon, Baxter still wants the team to reclaim the Macufe Cup.

“We have Kaizer Chiefs’ name to protect every time we go to a match. Chiefs are founded on the principle of a winning mentality. For that matter we will go all out to win the Cup,” he said.

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