Kaizer Chiefs right-back, Kgotso Moleko, has become an increasingly marginalised player at Chiefs in the last two seasons. Understandably, he played second fiddle to Siboniso Gaxa during Chiefs' league and cup double-winning season in 2012/13 as the Bafana Bafana international was in very solid form.
Gaxa's form saw him rewarded as he was called-up to the Bafana squad that did duty in the Afcon earlier this year. However, it now appears the player is not at the level he was at previously be it for a number of reasons. Gaxa recently revealed in the media that a number of niggling injuries may be affecting his form.
In addition, it appears his stock has dropped to some degree as the 29-year-old wasn't even a part of the make-shift Bafana squad that recently took on Swaziland. He was also not called-up to the squad that famously beat Spain this past Tuesday.
It suggests there could be a case made that Gaxa's understudy, Moleko, deserves a chance to be given a run in Chiefs' starting 11. The 24-year-old made just four league appearances in 2012/13 and hasn't featured at all this season. With Gaxa seemingly in in dip form, perhaps it could be an opportunity for coach, Stuart Baxter, to give Moleko a run out against Platinum Stars on Saturday.
With Moleko still relatively young and with his contract at Chiefs running until June 2015, it could be that the player represents the future of the club at right-back position. With that said, Gaxa has shown himself to be a pedigreed performer at the highest level over the years, and it remains to be seen whether Baxter will risk switching things around or not in the foreseeable future.