Baxter hopeful on Khune, Musona
Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns clash at the FNB Stadium in Nasrec on Saturday.
JOHANNESBURG - The top-of-the-table clash between Amakhosi and Mamelodi Sundowns won't be the title decider, Kaizer Chiefs Coach Stuart Baxter said on Thursday.
The two Premier Soccer League (PSL) giants clash at the FNB Stadium in Nasrec on Saturday.
Chiefs lead the Pretoria outfit by three points at the top of the log, with a game in hand.
Despite the close proximity at the top, Baxter does not think this game will decide the ultimate destination of the title.
"If Sundowns lose it and then crash, they will say it's a decider. But in theory, this is not a decider. This is three points, the same as every other three points, like the three points from last night. What it does do is take three points away from one of your direct competitors."
Baxter is hopeful that both Captain Itumeleng Khune and striker Knowledge Musona will be passed fit in time for the clash.
Musona suffered an ankle injury in last weekend's 2-0 win over AS Vita in the CAF Champions League, while Khune has been out of action with an ankle injury since March.
With Chiefs looking to extend the lead over their rivals to six points at this crucial stage of the season, Baxter would gladly welcome both players back into the fold.
"Knowledge will be checked this morning and it's possible that he will be back in full training with me. Itu[meleng] will be back in full training with me this morning and then he will be monitored afterwards. If there's no ill effect, he will do a normal pre-match training tomorrow and will be available for selection if required."
Star Chiefs midfielder Siphiwe Tshabalala is confident the game will live up to all the hype, adding that the attractive brand of football played by both sides will give fans something to cheer.
"It's going to be a tough but exciting game. It's always good playing against Sundowns and it's always been a challenge. They're a good team, a ball-playing team and they're on a high at the moment. We're also doing well, so it is going to be a good game. We want the three points."