Baxter bemoans Kastande's unavailability

HARARE - Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter is concerned with the unavailability of Zimbabwean midfielder Willard Katsande for this weekend’s trip to Mozambique to face Liga Muculmana in the African Champions League.

Katsande, who picked up his second yellow card for the tournament, and injured goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune will not be available to the second on this Saturday in Maputo.

The South African champions ran out 4-0 winners in the first leg last Saturday in Durban.

Zimbabweans Knowledge Musona and Mathew Rusike together with Siphiwe Tshabalala and Erick MAthoho were on target for AmaKhosi.

Kastande and Khune unavailability will now force Baxter into making changes for the second leg.

“Going to Maputo next week we will continue with the rotation system. Katsande picked up a second yellow card and Khune injured his ankle during the warm-up in this game, both will probably force us into a natural rotation of the Team," Baxter told the Chiefs official website.

"When we rotate the team, we do that with utmost respect to the opponent and also, we apply the rotation in a calculated manner.

“Anyone who's been in this game long enough will know the opponent on his home turf is dangerous. If we concede a goal against them, they will have to work hard for it."

With that huge first leg victory, Chiefs have virtually booked their second round place but Baxter is not getting carried away.

"We gave them respect going into this game and we will do the same in the 2nd leg. We do that with all our opponents. What we can do at home, surely they can do the same in their backyard," said the Englishman.

If Chiefs qualify for the second round they are likely to meet Zimbabwean champions Dynamos or Democratic Republic of Congo side AS Vita.

DeMbare and Vita played out a goalless draw at the National Sports Stadium on Saturday.

A Dynamos-Chiefs second round clash will attract a lot of attention both in Zimbabwe and South Africa as both clubs have a huge following.

Dynamos, who have failed to win in their last 10 away African Champions League matches, however, face a daunting task in their second leg against Vita in Kinshasa.

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