The 25-year-old, who is now in his eighth season at Chiefs, scored a brace as Amakhosi thumped AmaZayoni 4-0 to reach the MTN8 semis and Baxter insists that Masango is a ‘good player’, but adds that there is a big room for improvement in his game.
“I think Mandla is a good player and he’s got a lot of talent, but sometimes we end up with him playing back to goal far too much and if he’s playing like that, then he’s not able to take people on. So Mandla has been in and out in that respect,” Baxter says.
“And that has been his problem even before I arrived at Chiefs. Everyone knows that Mandla has been close to being loaned out in the past and I said to him before the game, ‘Look, you may have gotten in here [in the line up] through the back door a little bit [because of players who were unavailable] but why not throw the cat among the pigeons and see if you can shake people up’ and he did that,” he continues.
Baxter believes that Masango’s fine performance against Aces will boost the player’s confidence. “I’m sure now he will be looking forward to the week’s training,” he adds.
Masango started just six matches last season, with four of those in the CAF Champions League when Chiefs rested their regulars.