Kaizer Chiefs coach Baxter praise for Tefu qualities ahead of Bafana Afcon qualifiers


Mashamaite has been a consistent force for Chiefs in recent seasons, and his profile was done no harm after scoring the winner in Amakhosi's MTN8 Final win over Orlando Pirates last weekend.

The ex-Bidvest Wits skipper will naturally be hoping his efforts have caught the eye of Bafana boss Shakes Mashaba, who will today announce his squad for back-to-back Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Congo on 10 and 15 October.

"It is good that we have a left-sided centre back," Baxter says when speaking about Mashamaite.

"If you don't have that, the angles of the game are quite different. A left-footer on the left hand side allows the angles of the game change, it makes it more comfortable for him to sweep around behind Tsepo (Masilela).

"We are lucky to have him and also to have a mobile centre-back that can be pulled outside wide and with that, we are not too bothered.

"People talk about a lot our full-backs that are so offensive, but it doesn't hurt so much because we can go down with a three man back-line and they are flexible. That means the left centre-back becomes almost the left-back and the right centre-back becomes the right-back."

Meanwhile, Mashamaite feels being a natural left-footer has its advantages, but he says he still has to put in the yards.

"It's been a bit of a blessing for me to be left-footed and I'm just happy that I'm able to give the team that option," he says.

"At the end of day, I have to work hard and anyone can just slot in there; left-footed or right-footed.

"You can still give a team balance but I still have to work hard. So I can't take it for granted for the fact that I'm the only left-footed centre-back."