George Maluleka or Keegan Buchanan for Kaizer Chiefs vs Baroka FC
Posted: 1 November 2016 Time: 17:36
Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela says he is facing a “sweet headache” on who to choose between George Maluleka and Keagan Buchanan against Baroka FC tomorrow
Moses Mabhida Stadium is the venue for Amakhosi’s next league match on Wednesday evening as they look to remain at the top of the Absa Premiership table.
Maluleka has served his two-match suspension after he got sent off against Ajax Cape Town in Chiefs’ first league game in Durban last month.
Komphela thereafter used Buchanan coming on as a substitute against Maritzburg United in the Telkom Knockout round of 16 where he slotted the last penalty to see Amakhosi advanced to the next round.
The former Bloemfontein Celtic midfielder then made his full debut this past weekend against Orlando Pirates in the Soweto Derby and played the entire match as he eases himself back after a long injury lay-off.
Komphela says he is not sure at this stage which player he will go for but has a positive problem to deal with.
“I think it is nice that George is back and he has been doing tremendously well and Buchanan’s quality is quite clear,” he said at the Durban venue this afternoon.
“When we signed Buchanan in the off-season he had just come back from a serious knee injury and people were asking ‘how could Chiefs sign a player who spent four months out and had a serious knee injury?’
“And at Chiefs they said ‘go back to Manchester City and there’s a guy who scored just now when Manchester City played against West Brom, Ilkay Gundogan. That guy had a serious knee injury but because of the quality City saw in him they signed him, and Chiefs were no different.
“Now testimony is coming out, a better bit of hindsight, Buchanan played last week a tremendous game and the onus is on us now which number eight we go for. And we should not forget that quality that you will get from [Lucky] Baloyi, and we still have Enocent Mkhabela waiting on the sidelines.
“So when you have players ready and those who are given the responsibility accept the challenge, it’s a sweet headache and we’ll see tomorrow. Let’s leave that one for tomorrow night.”
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