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Baxter – I Spoke To Khune Before Galaxy

Stuart Baxter surprised many by starting Bruce Bvuma over Itumeleng Khune in his side’s DStv Premiership opener and has since revealed what he told Khune over his decision.

The Amakhosi coach returned to the Premiership for a first time since replacing Gavin Hunt on the sidelines.

Despite confirming ahead of the game that Khune will be the club’s Nr.1 choice, Baxter opted to start Bvuma against TS Galaxy.

The Englishman explained that he thought Bvuma would be better suited to TS Galaxy’s way of playing.

However, Baxter also revealed that he spoke to Khune about his decision and why he didn’t even name him on the bench, before saying the 34-year-old must be ready to return to action on Wednesday.

“I spoke to Itu before we left and I said to him, because you started I’m not going to put you on the bench here,” he told reporters.

“You stay here and train hard and then take your gloves off on Wednesday.”

Chiefs take on Baroka at the FNB Stadium at 17:00 on Wednesday.