Bax­ter looks at the pos­i­tives for Bafana

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C- Bafana Bafana coach Stu­art Bax­ter be­lieves the na­tional side must look to be pos­i­tive ahead of to­day’s African Cup of Na­tions (AF­CON) Group E qual­i­fier against Sey­chelles.

South Africa are ex­pected come out vic­to­ri­ous against is­land na­tion who have been the whip­ping boys in the bracket, though Bax­ter’s charges come into the con­test fol­low­ing an un­con­vinc­ing per­for­mance against Libya.

The Mediter­ranean Knights top the stand­ings while SA are in sec­ond and West African gi­ants Nige­ria are third.

Speaking to re­porters, Bax­ter said: “Nige­ria has some of the guys that are play­ing in the high­est leagues in the world and earn­ing a lot more money than our boys, and yet still they had the same chal­lenge.

“Their coach said un­til they scored the first goal it was very dif­fi­cult, and I’ve also seen Libya’s game against Sey­chelles and un­til they scored the first goal it was dif­fi­cult, be­cause you don’t re­ally know where your head space is.

“Now, the only thing I can say to the play­ers is that one, I think we have a lot to win so let’s fo­cus on that. What we have to lose, I couldn’t care less. But what we have to win is big.”

Kick-off is at 15:00.


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