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Chiefs Comment On Baxter Situation

Kaizer Chiefs remain hopeful that Stuart Baxter will get his work permit in time in order to be on the bench for the CAF Champions League final.

The 67-year-old was appointed as new Amakhosi coach on 9 June but is yet to receive his work permit.

In the interim, Arthur Zwane and Dillon Sheppard were leading the Glamour Boys past Wydad Casablanca in the semi-final, with Baxter having to watch from the stands.

Chiefs remain hopeful the situation could still change ahead of next weekend’s final, but are also prepared to enter the game with Zwane on the sidelines.

“You can work on the status quo as it has been for the last two matches,” Chiefs communications manager Vina Maphosa told Sport Unlocked.

“We are hoping that we’ll get the work permit before we are traveling to Casablanca and have the coach on the bench.

“But as things stand we are covered. If on the bench or not on the bench, we are good.”

Maphosa also revealed that all Chiefs players will be part of the traveling squad to Casablanca and the club will only give an update on the availability of their stars a day ahead of the game.

“All the players are traveling to Morocco and on the day before the final we will reveal who will be available and who will not be available,” he added.

“We’ll keep our cards close to our chest. It’s intelligent to keep the cards to our chest and not to give away for the opposition. People like Pitso they know our players.” 

Chiefs are unbeaten in their four games under Zwane, winning three and drawing one.