Johannesburg - Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter said he is pleased with the
progress made by Tsepo Masilela since his recovery the from appendicitis
discovered during his medical when he arrived in August.
According to football411.com website, the former Bafana Bafana defender made his long-awaited Amakhosi
debut as a substitute against Moroka Swallows on November 20 and has
since made three starts at left-back, including this past weekend's
Soweto Derby against bitter rivals Orlando Pirates.
And Baxter is convinced Masilela will only get better as the former Getafe and Maccabi Haifa defender nears 100% fitness.
"(Masilela) went through a long layoff and probably he's got to
work on his match fitness. It was great for him to go through the full
90 minutes against Pirates and we need to keep him strong," the
Englishman told Football411.
"At the same time, he's got to blend in with the way we play and
he's got a bit of a challenge, but I'm pleased with the way he has
approached the challenge.
"We can get him higher up the field a lot more. He did it in the
second half against Pirates and in the previous game against Ajax Cape
Town he was going up a lot so I am pleased.
"I'm glad we have the reserve league back, which means he will
have more time to get himself 100% fit and from there, he will get much
better," he added.
Masilela could be in line for a return to Bafana after it was
confirmed Mamelodi Sundowns left back Punch Masenamela will miss the
2013 Africa Cup of Nations finals after undergoing knee surgery.