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One player at Chiefs who has what others don't have? [Opinion]

Kaizer Chiefs were expected to be on fire this season after a number of quality signings but they are yet to justify the 'big name' tag after a string of poor results already.

Amakhosi showed promise in their first official game of the season, coming from two-goals down against Mamelodi Sundowns in the MTN8 quarter-finals and forced the match to extra-time and ultimately penalty shoot-outs, where they lost.

However, the Glamour Boys brought back memories of last season, with defeat to Mamelodi Sundowns and another embarrassing loss to Royal AM in the DStv Premiership, which has put coach Stuart Baxter under severe pressure.

After such a poor start to the season, despite new signings, there must be something lacking in the players, as the coach can't be blamed alone.

However, Baxter should probably shoulder the majority of the responsibility as he makes the line-up and has been found wanting in his selection.

Firstly, he has persisted with a centre-back pairing of Eric Mathoho and Daniel Cardoso, which continues to be exposed while he has a capable replacement in Njabulo Ngcobo, something that is not winning him a lot of fans.

And another thing that he has not got right is the selection of goalkeepers.

All championship winning teams have a number one goalkeeper but Baxter has found making that decision tough for him, not making up his mind on who is the number one shot-stopper between Itumeleng Khune, Bruce Bvuma, Daniel Akpeyi and Brandon Pietersen.

Against Sundowns in the MTN8 he played Khune and although he did not produce a good performance in the penalty shootout, Khune looked solid throoughout the match.

And you have thought perhaps in the league match against the same opposition, Khune would be retained but he instead opted for Bvuma, who somehow started the league opener against TS Galaxy.

Against Royal, Baxter switched again and played Pietersen, who conceded four goals and had to be changed again.

Akpeyi also got his taste on Sunday against Marumo Gallants and saved Amakhosi from another embarrassment, as they came away with a goalless draw after Cardoso and Mathoho were exposed again.

The Nigerian goalkeeper could continue against AmaZulu on the weekend, which could help them because he has one thing that almost all players lack, composure.

Akpeyi is capable of making an error any day but the defence does not panic when he's around because of his calming influence, where he does not play for the occasion.

Most Chiefs players currently seem to be trying too much to please, lacking the emotional stability to handle pressure and need to learn from Akpeyi, who is always cool, calm and collected, a quality almost all of Amakhosi players lack.

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