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  • Baxter won't rush Killer debut

    Date Published: 09 February 2014 written by TEAMtalk

    Baxter won't rush Killer debut

    New signing Katlego Mphela is not yet ready to make his long-awaited Kaizer Chiefs debut, according to head coach Stuart Baxter.

    The 29-year-old was a deadline day signing for AmaKhosi on a loan deal, and is set to make the move to Naturena permanent after signing a pre-contract at Naturena last month.

    With expectations high among the club's faithful, Baxter is cautious not to throw his new marksman into the deep end.

    "Katlego's trained and he's working hard. He feels he's got a bit to come," Baxter told Goal.

    "Certainly he won't be starting any games for us until he is 100 per cent and that's not as it looks at the moment.

    "I'll be speaking to the physical people and asking whether he has a half-an-hour of full speed in him.

    "What is his problem? The endurance or the sharpness? How strong is he looking in the tests and based on that, we would like to bring him in as quickly as we can."

    He added: "So, there's a possibility there, but I don't want to promise anything.

    "He's looked sharper than I thought he would be, so he certainly is working hard and he's certainly enthusiastic."