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“Dube got to stand up and be counted now,” said Chiefs coach


One win from four DStv Premiership matches isn’t where Kaizer Chiefs thought they would find themselves at the beginning of the 2021/22 season. They’re currently in the 12th position on the log standings, which isn’t far away from the relegation zone. This has been seen as mediocre since Amakhosi are believed that they have more within them to get the required results. Their performances haven’t been spot on in the past couple of games, even though there’s a glimpse of brilliance from certain players. 

Chiefs have the biggest support base in South Africa, hence everything that occurs at Naturena is under the spotlight. This means the Chiefs head coach Stuart Baxter will have a lot of work within the club in hope that the results will please the supporters. Baxter’s decisions will constantly be analyzed by the supporters as they want nothing but the best for their team. There were questions from the supporters about Thabani Dube not getting game time after he joined Chiefs during the July-August transfer window from the GladAfrica Championship side Richards Bay FC. However, when he got his debut for Amakhosi, it wasn’t ideal as they lost 2-0 against Mamelodi Sundowns. Unfortunately, he made some mistakes that made Sundowns gain an upper hand against Chiefs. Now, Baxter has spoken about Dube’s debut, which was rather scrappy for the highly-rated defender. “Of course he wasn’t feeling great about his debut, because he would have loved his debut to be swimmingly fantastic and have a fault-free game. But that’s maybe Disneyworld and not the football world. So he’s got to stand up and be counted now,” said Baxter talking to the media. 

Furthermore, Baxter stated that even though the 28-year-old defender’s mistakes were visible against the Brazilians, but he cannot be crucified. As it was a team effort, surely, he will learn from what occurred against Downs and Baxter has been working on him and his confidence. “We think Austin [Dube] has got potential. He’s aware of the mistakes he has made because we’ve spoken about it and about those principles. But it wasn’t only Austin making the mistakes. If we’d scored a few goals we wouldn’t have had the same pressure on us. If we’d set up better at the set it wouldn’t have put in a position where he really had two players to keep an eye on,” said Baxter talking to the media. 

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Date: 20/09/2021

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