The 68-year-old British tactician explains his decision not to name the veteran in the team to face Masandawana.
Kaizer Chiefs head coach Stuart Baxter explained why goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune did not make the team to tackle Mamelodi Sundowns on Sunday.
The 34-year-old veteran has yet to appear for Amakhosi in the Premier Soccer League this season, and his only appearance comes in the MTN8 quarter-final against Sundowns.
On Sunday it was Bruce Bvuma who gave the kick-off to start by coach Baxter in front of Nigeria goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi, but the giants in Soweto suffered a 2-0 defeat with goals from Grant Kekana in the eighth minute and Peter Shalulile in the 63rd minute.
Baxter has now come out to explain why Khune was missing in action.
What did Baxter say?
“Bruce played tonight, and if all the guards are equal, of course we will also think about the future,” Baxter said. iDiski Times when asked about the goalkeeper situation.
‘So if you do not get a definite advantage when you choose one of the others, we will choose what we think is the long-term choice for Kaizer Chiefs.
‘It’s not on the bench either, because we have two international goalkeepers who have been on international service and are both in good condition.
“We thought Daniel and Bruce were the right players to play against Sundowns. Itu played against Sundowns last time, so we have our experience with that. ”
In a recent interview, Baxter reveals why Khune will be the captain of the Glamor Boys this season.
In the last campaign, Khune was Chiefs’ captain, but he did not play regularly due to injury and loss of form, meaning the bracelet between Ramahlwe Mphahlele, Samir Nurkovic and Bernard Parker was twisted.
“We talked about this the other day, and the captain of the club is Itu,” he said.
“Club captain, meant if he is captain, whenever he plays, he is still club captain. It does not change that he is the voice of the group and that he is the go-to man, but that will not change. ”
Khune, who started as a striker when he arrived at Chiefs for the trial in 1999, is one of the players whose contracts were extended by the Soweto giants before the new season.