Baxter’s selection dilemma

2014-04-20 15:00

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Stuart Baxter is facing a selection dilemma as his team has reached a critical juncture in their busy season.

Today they tackle Ivory Coast giants Asec Mimosas in a 3pm CAF Confederation Cup clash at Dobsonville Stadium in Soweto.

Baxter said he will send a competitive side to today’s match but he will have to do so with his eye on a potential banana skin coming against Bidvest Wits in a league clash on Wednesday.

Amakhosi have a three-pronged battle to focus on – the CAF tournament as well as defending the championship and the Nedbank Cup.

After being knocked out of the CAF Champions League, Chiefs have been relegated to the less-glamorous Confederation Cup.

A victory for Chiefs over Wits on Wednesday will take them back to the top of the Absa Premiership log.

The sides will meet again in the Nedbank Cup in a week’s time. Baxter might be tempted to give fringe players a chance to get game time and rest some of his key personnel today, but this could be suicidal as the Ivorians have already said they mean business.

Chiefs have to travel to Abidjan next weekend for the second leg.

Amakhosi will be two games behind log leaders Mamelodi Sundowns going into their match against Wits, where they might still rue the day they fell out of love with Sthembiso Ngcobo.

Amakhosi had clearly spotted a winner in Ngcobo and snatched him from Free State Stars in 2010.

But soon thereafter they dumped the marksman – lending him to AmaZulu then shipping him off to Bidvest Wits for less than they paid for him.

The romance had ended.

Now the 30-year-old striker stands in the way of Chiefs’ aspirations to retain the Absa Premiership title and the Nedbank Cup.

Ngcobo is threatening to show Chiefs – whom they meet again in the Cup a week later – that they were wrong to dump him. Ngcobo was part of the team that won the two trophies last season.

“Playing against them will motivate me more although I have nothing to prove. I have a lot of respect for the team as they looked after me very well,” said Ngcobo, the Absa Premiership player of quarter 3.

Ngcobo has scored seven goals in the league and says he has set himself a modest target of 10. He paid tribute to his coach Gavin Hunt for giving him the opportunity.

“I think if it wasn’t for Gavin, things wouldn’t be like this. Gavin believed in me and gave me a chance,” he said.

Wits, who are third on the log, are dark horses for the title but Ngcobo downplayed their chances.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.