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Baxter On Goalkeepers: It’s Not A Popularity Contest

Stuart Baxter says that he will try and be fair to the Kaizer Chiefs team and the club’s goalkeepers when deciding when Itumeleng Khune will return.

Read More: Baxter On Chiefs' Captaincy

Khune is now on the verge of completing his comeback from a lengthy ankle injury that kept him out of the majority of the Amakhosi’s season so far, and the 2015 African Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea.

However, despite Khune being the club’s captain and former number one, Baxter has said that it will prove to be difficult to remove Brilliant Khuzwayo from the position following a string of fine performances.

Speaking to the media, Baxter said, “Both Brilliant and Reyaad have done fantastically in Itu’s absence, but there is no doubt that a 100% fit Itu is one of the best goalkeepers on this continent. No doubt. I think we now have to manage that in terms of what is fair and correct when he can come back, and decide how fit he has to be able to get that opportunity.

“When you have keepers that have done well before, when is it correct to pull them out? I have all of those things to manage, and all I can say is that I’ll try and be fair to the team and to the individuals.

Read More: Zulu On Baxter Talks

“If I make a decision that isn’t popular then that’s something I have to do. It’s about doing what is best for the team and not winning a popularity contest.”

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