Some Chiefs fans are baffled by Baxter’s decision to continue fielding the misfiring Nkhatha ahead of Majoro, but the Briton insists he had good reason to give the Zimbabwean forward the nod.
“That’s not true. 'Major' played ahead of Kingston against Pirates [in the MTN8],” Baxter points out to KickOff.com.
Baxter reckons Nkhatha had a good match for Zimbabwe against Bafana Bafana on September 10 at Orlando Stadium and based on that, he decided it was the former Black Leopards striker’s turn to start for Chiefs.
“Kingston had a good game against Bafana and I’m thinking, ‘If we are gonna get any value out of Kingston, this is the game [against Maritzburg United]’ because he was pumped up and we are gonna rotate anyway,” he says.
Nkhatha has since started for Chiefs against Maritzburg United on September 14 and Bloemfontein Celtic three days later but failed to score on both occasions.
As it stands, though, Baxter admits he’s yet to find the right combination upfront.
“Let’s be honest, none of the strikers have gone, ‘I’m the man. I’m smashing in goals left, right and centre’. If that was the case, I’m sure I would be saying let me wait with this rotation business. None of them have really done that, so it is not a question of I prefer Major over Knowledge [Musona] or I prefer Kingston over Major,” he insists.
“At the moment, I’m trying to find which combination is gonna fire best. Can we find one of them who’s gonna catch fire?
“Now, we have Platinum Stars coming up on Saturday night and I have a new dilemma. Did Kingston do enough when he started those games to warrant a start against Stars or did Major do well at training? So it’s not as easy as saying I prefer Kingston over Major. None of the strikers have really settled, but it will come if we are patient,” Baxter concludes.
Last season stats in all competitions:
Bernard Parker - 13 goals in 32 starts, plus three subs.
Kingston Nkhatha – eight goals in 20 starts, plus 13 subs.
Lehlohonolo Majoro – 11 goals in 16 starts, plus 11 subs.
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