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Mon Aug 29 20:05:25 SAST 2016

SuperSport coach Stuart Baxter eyes Kaizer Chiefs' top players

Tiyani wa ka Mabasa | 09 February, 2016 00:19
A file photo of former Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter speaking to Reneilwe Letsholonyane during the Telkom Knockout match between Bidvest Wits and Kaizer Chiefs at Bidvest Stadium on October 19, 2012 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Image by: Lefty Shivambu / Gallo Images

New SuperSport United coach Stuart Baxter says he will not shy away from signing players from his previous employers, Kaizer Chiefs.

The 62-year-old's recent appointment by Matsatsantsa has triggered speculation that he might target Amakhosi players, whom he worked with during his stint as Chiefs coach from 2012 to last year.

Chiefs midfielder Reneilwe Letsholonyane, whose contract expires at the end of June, is reportedly one of Baxter's targets.

Baxter said he had no enemies at Naturena and signing their players would serve to bolster his team .

"I just felt there were differences of opinion [at Chiefs]. We didn't have major issues where we were arguing all the time, but the club wanted to go a different way," he said.

"The best thing was to part as friends. I've got friends at Kaizer Chiefs.

"There are many players at Chiefs who, if we have a big chequebook, I would be interested in signing," he admitted.

"But I'm guessing that our chequebook is not gonna be as big as Bobby's," he said, referring to Chiefs' football manager, Bobby Motaung.

"So we'll have to look at other ways of attracting players. If Chiefs don't make offers to the players that we want, then SuperSport United would be interested.

"We will monitor both Chiefs and other clubs. We will have to reinforce at the end of the season. If it is Chiefs, why not?"

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