Absa Premiership

Baxter: Itumeleng must wait

2014-12-05 14:13
Itumeleng Khune (Gallo)
Cape Town - Kaizer Chiefs and Bafana Bafana goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune will by no means just walk straight back into the AmaKhosi starting XI, says coach Stuart Baxter.

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Khune is back in full training and should soon be available for selection after having been out with an ankle injury which cut his season short five games into the current campaign.

However, in Khune’s absence, backup goalkeeper Brilliant Khuzwayo has been in superb form for his club, his exploits even meriting a call-up to the Bafana Bafana squad.

In light of this, Baxter admits its not going to be easy to give Khune the chance to reclaim his starting jersey.

"I'll be honest, and I'm not saying anything I haven't said to Itu, so I know he won't mind. Itu is fully fit. He's training hard. He's involved in every 11 versus 11," Baxter was reported as saying by the Sowetan.

"Where do you then say, well now we're going to throw him in, with no reserve or practice game? And what does that do to the players who have gone before him and the selection policy you have in the dressing room.

"So that is my challenge. I've got to get him into some game situations, assess him, and then it's got to feel right for the whole group that he comes back. I hope we can give him some game time because then we'd be making him available for us and Bafana," added the Englishman.


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