Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter has explained why Daniel Akpeyi started against Marumo Gallants, marking the club's fourth goalkeeping change in six matches.
On Sunday evening, the Amakhosi were held to a goalless draw by Marumo Gallants in an encounter that saw veteran goalkeeper Akpeyi make his first appearance for the campaign..
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Brandon Petersen had previously started in the club's 4-1 defeat to Royal AM, with Bruce Bvuma featuring in the three matches before that, while club captain Itumeleng Khune made his solitary appearance in the MTN 8 defeat to Mamelodi Sundowns last month.
Speaking following Sunday's game, Baxter revealed that he planned on drawing from Akpeyi and Khune's experience, while simultaneously grooming Bvuma and Petersen for the long-term future.
"We’ve got four goalkeepers that are potentially number ones," Baxter said. "You can look at the long term of the club, the assets are Bruce and Brandon.
"Itu and Daniel give us that [immediate] experience and we are hoping they will help and assist in the development of our two younger goalkeepers.
"We have to take every opportunity we can, if all things are equal, to give our younger goalkeepers the experience that will make them senior goalkeepers. That’s where we are.
"At some point, you say well let’s allow them to step back a little bit and give the more experienced guys the shirt in this situation. That’s the rationale behind our thinking."
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