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After a great start in his first of­fi­cial match against Nige­ria, Stu­art Bax­ter suf­fered a blow when his side lost back-to-back World Cup qual­i­fiers against Cape Verde. Bafana Bafana opened the scor­ing through Tokelo Rantie but lost the first con­test 2-1 in Praia. The re­turn leg at Moses Mab­hida Sta­dium ended the same, leav­ing Bafana at the bot­tom of Group D. To make mat­ters worse, Fifa or­dered a re­play of the game be­tween Bafana and Sene­gal, which took place in Novem­ber 2016, after Ghana­ian ref­eree Joseph Lamptey was found guilty of “un­law­fully in­flu­enc­ing the re­sult”. This leaves Bax­ter’s team on a sin­gle point with three group matches re­main­ing.

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