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Baxter Explains Mashiane Absence

Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter has explained why Happy Mashiane hasn’t featured at all since being red-carded in the CAF Champions League final.

The 23-year-old left-back, who came through the clubs youth ranks, featured in 26 games last season but was sent off in the final against Al Ahly.

He is yet to play a single minute of football in the new season and Baxter explained that Mashiane is very close but other players give him more flexibility.

“He’s doing very well and working very hard. The way we played this evening, Happy would probably be competing with Sifiso (Hlanti),” the Amakhosi coach told reporters.

“As it was, we had (Sibusiso) Mabiliso who played against Sundowns.

“We had enough attacking players on the field we have a Khama (Billiat), we’ve got a Samir (Nurkovic), Bernard (Parker), Keagan (Dolly), Lebo (Manyama) and at this moment I think they are more versatile, they give us more flexibility than Happy.

“He’s working very hard. I’m pleased with him. But he’s got to push on now and wait for his chance when it comes he has to take it.”

Mashiane was voted into Chiefs’ starting XI for the Carling Black Label Cup, but Baxter has started S’fiso Hlanti as left-back in the other games so far, with Austin Dube coming into the XI on the weekend as left-side centre-back in a back-three and Hlanti taking up more of a wing-back position.