Sunday , January 17 2021

Stuart Baxter expects a game that can determine the fate of Bafana



Stewart Baxter is determined that billing Bafana Bafana is still on track to qualify for the 2019 African Nations Cup (Afcon) in Cameroon despite their lucky run against Nigeria at the FNB Stadium on Saturday.

Bafana came out with a fake 1-1 draw in their first and last penultimate game that the Super Eagles could have easily won 3-1 was Judge Gambi Bakary and Papa Gassama did not negate the two goals from critics who looked legitimate.

Nigerians do seem to be too preoccupied with forbidden goals like the point they earned in front of over 20 000 Johannesburg guaranteed their card entitled Cameroon.

While Fana faces a tough encounter against Libya in March next year, Bafana said he expects the match could set and possibly decide his fate as coach Bafana.

Bafana should avoid defeat in their final game as they have a two-point lead over the rounds that defeated Seychelles 8-1 on Saturday to stay third on Group E with seven points.

Did Bafana win the Moshe Mabhida Stadium against the Lions (0-0) in September, and their training may have been approved so far.

Bafana also blew a similar opportunity when they played 0-0 draw away to Seychelles minsows last month but Baxter still believes they have certification on their hands.

"I told the players after the game (against Nigeria) that I was very proud of the game, and at the age of 2 I was very frustrated," said Baxter after Saturday's result won Bapana in his third draw in five candidates.

"I was proud that we were sitting here without defeat, and we took four points out of our two meetings against Nigeria, and we still had seven missing players.

"Disappointed, frustrated but at the same time I'm proud of the boys and I thought the gentleman (Percy Tao) on my left was the best player on the field in a kilometer."

Asked whether Bafana could overcome the threat posed by the Libyan side, which could not achieve a goal or two in Durban in September, Baxter was quick to point to a 2-0 victory over Nigeria in the opening round of tests in June last year as an indication of what his charges could do.

"Just as we went to Nigeria and got a victory," was Baxter's confident response when asked about the Libyan match that could be played in a neutral place in Tunisia or Egypt in four months.

"I think you must have a clear plan, and be brave to get out and do the job.

"I think the players showed in every other game over the Seychelles game away that was on the field anomaly.

"You have to score on the court (in Seychelles) or else it's over like we had it, and we do not score because the goal is to get them out.

"They stuck him and just kept kicking the ball everywhere and the wounded went down and the referee did not help us."

Baxter insisted that everyone, including the SA fans, must believe in his team and have the belief that they are capable of producing the necessary result against Libya.

"I have to say it's a pity we can not talk about how we think we're going to win this game against Libya based on the fact that I thought the boys played excellent football (Saturday)," Baxter said.

"We distill, I think.

"What I think we are good at and if we continue to do it then I do not think there is a reason that we should not expect the game (against Libya).

"It will be like a knife in the throat work but this is the game you want to play.

"We are well aware of the minefield we are going to go if we go to Libya, but I hope we can deal with it.


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