Chiefs break, Baxter return imminent?

Premiership

Kaizer Chiefs players have been handed a weeklong break which could open the door for Stuart Baxter's return ahead of their historical CAF Champions League semi-final.

Chiefs sneaked into the DStv Premiership top eight on the last day of the campaign on Saturday following a 1-0 win over TS Galaxy, as caretaker bosses Arthur Zwane and Dillon Sheppard recorded their second win on the trot since taking over from Gavin Hunt.

Their season is not yet over, however, with the first leg of their Champions League semi-final against Wydad Atheltic Club taking place next Saturday, June 19, in Casablanca.

The decision-makers at Naturena have found it just to give the players some time away from training, with the team set to return to The Village on Friday.

It is anticipated that by then, Baxter would have already been announced as the new coach for a second time, having reportedly already agreed on terms for a three-year deal.

He has been without a job since the beginning of the year, after falling out with Indian Super League outfit Odisha FC.

In his first spell with the Soweto giants, Baxter won two league titles and two cups but left frustrated at the end of his third season as it became apparent that he would not have the kind of power that he sought in the recruitment of players.

His son Lee Baxter remains the goalkeeper coach at Chiefs, while his former Bafana Bafana assistant Molefi Ntseki has already been appointed the Head of Technical and Youth Development at the club.

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