Cameroon here we come
Baxter’s boys in biggest victory
It was a walk in the park for Bafana Bafana as they humiliated minnows Seychelles 6-0 to record their biggest win ever here yesterday.
The thrashing of the Indian Ocean Islanders boosts Bafana’s chances of qualifying in Group E of the Africa Cup of Nations finals to be hosted by Cameroon next year.
An own goal by Nigel Hoareau coupled by goals from Thulani Hlatshwayo, Lebogang Mothiba, Percy Tau, Dino Ndlovu and Teboho Mokoena ensured history was made on the day.
South Africa, ranked 73rd in world football and Seychelles, placed 189th, are worlds apart in terms of their standard of football. It showed out there on the pitch in both halves as Stuart Baxter’s men outclassed the islanders.
Bafana didn’t enjoy much support and about 15 000 fans made their way to the 90 000seater FNB Stadium.
Belgium-based Tau could have increased South Africa’s tally before the interval, but Romeo Barra was equal to the task as he executed a save.
It took Bafana a bit of time to get going in the second half, but they were able to add three more crucial goals.
France-based Mothiba missed with a keeper to beat early on, but Tau finally added his name to the scoresheet in the 74th minute after a frustrating time of failing to convert.
Bafana’s two substitutes, Ndlovu and Mokoena, ensured the national team’s biggest win since re-admission to Fifa and international football in 1992.
Based on what Bafana focused on at training, they did well to finish what they started at Steyn School City in Fourways, north of Johannesburg, where the emphasis was on a pacey and fast approach.
The Seychelles rarely got out of their own half, showing a huge difference in the levels of football between the two nations. Bafana enjoyed about 72% of ball possession in this one-sided clash.
If Bafana can maintain the momentum, a second win in a row is guaranteed in the Seychelles.
Bafana will leave today for the return leg on Tuesday and a win there would almost guarantee qualification for the tournament.
■ In another Group E match, Nigeria beat Libya 4-0 in Uyo, Nigeria, yesterday.