Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter has backed defender Austin Dube to improve on his performances after making his first start for the club against Mamelodi Sundowns on Sunday.
Dube did not have the best of matches for Amakhosi at Loftus Versfeld and was replaced in the 68th minute by debutant Sibusiso Mabiliso.
He was caught wanting in both goals by Grant Kekana and Peter Shalulile.
Baxter admits the 28-year-old faced baptism of fire from the Sundowns attackers but insists the player has the qualities to get better.
“I think he did well in patches, he showed there is a little bit to go in patches, but Austin is going to be a good player,” Baxter told the media after the match.
“I think this is a baptism of fire tonight. He had Sundowns that have technically good players, they made things difficult because they are very slippery in their attacking play. They get into the half spaces and if you tighten them there, they get behind you.
“So, its decision making for all of you defenders and I think at time he showed that he is going to be a decent player for us. Tough one for him, he will have to reflect on it and he will have to improve obviously, so if everybody else, but I think Austin is a good lad, a good professional and he will improve,” said Baxter.
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By Ofhani Munyai