Baxter boxed be­tween Botswana and Cape Verde

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agenda and have not been (fi­nalised up to this point). And that’s be­cause I’ve never had time to sit down with the pow­ers that be. I’ve made a cou­ple of rec­om­men­da­tions though, we’ve spo­ken, but the mat­ter is not put to bed (as yet) be­cause we need time and fi­nalise the whole things in a meet­ing. I’ve vir­tu­ally had not a day free from squad se­lec­tion, train­ing ses­sions and the trav­el­ling to games as well, since I (took over).

“I don’t think I’ve ever seen an in­ter­na­tional pe­riod such as this one. And it’s go­ing to be the same right up un­til we play against Cape Verde.”

Be­fore that en­counter, Bafana travel to Fran­cis­town to­mor­row for the sec­ond round first leg African Na­tions Cham­pi­onship (Chan) clash against Botswana on Satur­day.

That match will be fol­lowed by a re­turn leg in a week’s time be­fore Baxter starts prepa­ra­tions for the meet­ing with Cape Verde.

Baxter will have about five weeks be­fore the World Cup qual­i­fier Group D fix­ture. It is in this pe­riod that he hopes Safa sorts out the tech­ni­cal team va­can­cies.

“We still have to sit down and dis­cuss that, if we go through this round of Chan, then how are we go­ing to ap­proach the next one of this Chan com­pe­ti­tion,” Baxter said.

“That means I would now be in camp for about eight days be­fore fly­ing to Cape Verde and that’s maybe some­thing you don’t want your se­nior na­tional team coach to be do­ing lead­ing up to a prepa­ra­tion (for a Fifa World Cup qual­i­fier). You would most likely want him to be mon­i­tor­ing his op­po­nents, gain­ing the in­tel­li­gence from watch­ing (their matches), and watch­ing the play­ers he’s go­ing to se­lect,” Baxter added.

Mean­while, Baxter stated they were still wait­ing to hear whether for­mer Greece-based player, Lehl­o­gonolo Masalesa, would be el­i­gi­ble. Ac­cord­ing to the rules only play­ers ply­ing

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