Baxter boxed between Botswana and Cape Verde
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