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Baxter says Chiefs are not too desperate to get a centre-back, because they still have Morgan Gould who spent the better part of last season on the sidelines due to injuries

Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter has confirmed that the club has decided against signing Ghanaian central defender Anthony Manison.

Manison, 19, was believed to have impressed the technical team during his short stint at Naturena, but Baxter said he is not better than any of his current centre-backs.

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The AmaKhosi mentor informed Goal during the media open day that although they are looking to bring in a quality defender, they are banking on Morgan Gould’s fitness.

However, the PSL champions will be monitoring the market and they will sign their man should that particular player meet the minimum requirements.   

“Yes, there are so many chances [that we might start the season without a new centre-back], because if Morgan [Gould] is hundred percent fit and Erick and Masha are fit with Lorenzo as back up then we don’t need to go to the market immediately.

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“But we are monitoring and we will take the opportunity when something as good as what we’re looking for is available,” said Baxter.

Baxter will have a chance to assess Ugandan defender Ivan Bukenya who is expected to start training with the rest of the Chiefs squad on Thursday morning.

The former Bafana tactician also confirmed that they are keeping an eye on a few PSL-based defenders to fill the void.

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