Chiefs coach stressed about loading on his players on Bafana duty

2012-12-13 00:00

JOHANNESBURG — Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter said he would hold talks with Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund amid growing concerns about the use of his players on international duty.

According to the football411.com website, Baxter’s worries stem from the way the club-versus-country issue was handled two months ago when Amakhosi had their players return from national team duty in Poland and Kenya, only to play a match 48 hours later.

Chiefs have seven players in the squad to play Malawi on December 22 and most are likely to make the cut for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations squad, leaving Baxter a worried man.

“I’m going to speak to Gordon and Safa about the bigger picture in terms of the loading on players,” Baxter said.

“The national team took our players to Poland and Kenya. When they came back, we were given a game two days later against Wits, which we have suffered for since then because, for instance, we have been walking a tightrope with Bernard Parker’s ankle,” Baxter lamented.

“It is just fatigue. So we will have a talk about the big picture. We have been told by Safa that they don’t take responsibility for the injuries that occur to the players, but they have to.

“Basically, we want our players to play for the national team and we want to support the national team, but we have to use the players with some common sense and some respect,” he stated.

“I’m sure we will come to some sort of agreement.

“You can’t have the players back from the national team and play them 48 hours later, that’s not common sense.

“The worrying issue for me is

Afcon, because when my players return from the tournament I will have to rest them and that may mean we go into the first few games with a very depleted team.

“Now that may be an issue that forces us into the market, but we don’t want to go into the market.

“We want to build this team through developing our own players. We can’t be buying four or five players every transfer window and just play lottery whether the player who you buy will be successful or not,” Baxter added.

PSL league matches will resume on February 12, two days after the Afcon final.

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