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Why Is Baxter Ignoring The Number Nines?

We are heading into the final quarter of the Premier Soccer League season and despite boasting a vast array of quality number nines, we have not seen much off them - other than the now departed Kingston Nkhatha.

Why is coach Stuart Baxter not fielding these strikers, who are itching for game time in the midst of a goal scoring crisis at the club?

In all honesty, it is something which baffles the average football fan, let alone the Kaizer Chiefs fans. We may not know what is written down in a technical team meeting, or all the reasons as to why we are not seeing the better part of our number nines, but what we do know is that the goal scoring problem is not being resolved.

Also, it won't be doing many of these players any good in terms of confidence. We may see a Katlego Mphela, Siphelele Mthembu and David Zulu come off the bench every now and then, but can it be said that these big name South African footballers are enjoying the sidelines at Naturena? I don’t think so.

In our exit in the CAF Champions League at the hands of Raja Casablanca this weekend, Baxter opted to choose an out-of-form Matthew Rusike for the second leg tie to lead the line in attack. Naturally one would think of throwing a big, strong and powerful number nine in the line-up to combat the physical threat a team like Raja possess at the back, but Baxter had other plans.

It never really worked and despite having the opportunity to experiment with his talented strikers, Baxter decided against it as they dropped out of the biggest club tournament in Africa.

Having said that, why do you think Baxter is ignoring the likes of Mphela, Mthembu and Zulu? 


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