Baxter hints at tough choice as Moleko suspension disrupts Chiefs setup

Amakhosi are struggling to field a competitive pairing at fullback, with Kgotso Moleko ruled out due to suspension

Kaizer Chiefs boss Stuart Baxter admits his team face a few selection posers ahead of their next PSL clash against Maritzburg United on Tuesday.

Chiefs head into the clash on the back of a comfortable 3-0 win over Black Africa from Namibia in the Caf Champions League, but Baxter will be without Kgotso Moleko in defence, due to suspension.

“Maritzburg are always difficult… it’s coming in the middle of a heavy schedule for us,” Baxter said of the game at Harry Gwala Stadium.

“The challenges we have at the moment are refreshing and recuperating the players and selecting a team that can give a good account of ourselves

“We’re going to have challenges again because of Moleko, after his sending-off. We have problems with the fullbacks, but we can solves that in a few different ways.”

Moleko received two yellow cards in Chiefs 1-0 win over SuperSport United last week, while Tsepo Masilela is still unavailable due to injury.

Siboniso Gaxa was shifted from right to left-back for Amakhosi’s last two games, with Moleko slotting in on the right.

His suspension, however, has caused a few headaches for the Briton, who conceded that the Glamour Boys would have to reshuffle their pack.

“We can change personnel, we can change the shape of the team and I think we’ve already spoken about that,” Baxter said.

“We’ll take a fresh competitive team down to Maritzburg and we’ll be hoping to extend the run.”

Following the Black Africa victory, Baxter spoke of his relief at coming through the game having been able to rest key members of the squad, which included Willard Katsande and Reneilwe Letsholonyane.

The pair formed part of five regular first-teamers who started on the bench, in anticipation of the busy schedule ahead.

All five are expected to be back in the team for Maritzburg, as Chiefs look to extend their winning streak to an incredible 10 games.

Baxter joked about an analogy he had heard earlier in the week.

“Buddha said something like, ‘success is like licking honey from a sword’. You lick it more and more and then you get closer to the day that you cut your throat.

“I just hope that day when we cut our throat is about another three months away,” he laughed.