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Shabba to miss Carling Cup

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JOHANNESBURG — Siphiwe Tshabalala faces a spell on the sidelines after sustaining a “nasty” injury in Kaizer Chiefs’ Gauteng Cup success at the weekend.

The Bafana Bafana winger pulled up injured in the 3-0 semi-final win over Moroka Swallows, and will now miss Saturday’s Carling Cup showdown with Orlando Pirates.

“It was a nasty one there for Tshabalala, but we’ll have to wait a couple of days before we can be sure how long he’ll be out,” Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter said in the Sowetan.

Amakhosi edged Bidvest Wits 8-7 on penalties in the final to clinch the Gauteng Cup title this past Saturday.

Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter feels he has so far kept to his word after leading the side to an inaugural Gauteng Cup success at the weekend.

Baxter was appointed full-time Amakhosi coach in May following the sacking of Vladimir Vermezovic towards the end of last season, and the former Bafana Bafana tactician’s presence at Naturena already looks to have had a positive impact.

Chiefs eased past Moroka Swallows 3-0 in the semi-final, Baxter’s first match in charge of the team, before seeing off Bidvest Wits on penalties in Sunday’s climax.

Baxter feels he is living up to his word by reviving the Soweto giants’ best form, telling Supersport: “I made a promise to play good football when I came to Chiefs and today we played well.

“We will keep trying to maintain those smiles on the faces of our supporters. We are still busy getting the team to play in a certain way, so this is still work in progress.”

Chiefs have already brought in a multitude of new faces during the transfer period, but the coach would not rule out bringing in one or two more before the close of the window at the end of August.

“We will monitor the market closely and if there are players that I think we need, we will try to get them and strengthen our squad,” he added.

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