Nigeria Vs South Africa: What Bafana Coach Baxter Said At Pre-Match Presser

Stuart Baxter

South Africa coach Stuart Baxter/Photo: AFP

Bafana Bafana of South Africa head coach Stuart Baxter says he has not yet decided on his starting eleven against Nigeria in an Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) quarterfinal fixture tomorrow (Wednesday) evening.

Concise News reports that Baxter was speaking at the pre-match Press Conference at the Cairo International Stadium, Egypt Tuesday morning.

Baxter attended the presser alongside goalkeeper Ronwen Williams.

“We have had a good run recently against Super Eagles and it is true that we achieved a good result against Egypt but we have to stay grounded. We may have to try different things from what we have been doing against them in the past, but we are confident,” the 65-year-old trainer said.

“Tomorrow’s game would be a new one entirely and whatever happened in the past is gone. I want to win and Gernot Rohr wants to win. Both sides would put out their strongest teams.

Our win against Egypt was another day at the office but I’m happy how my team was able to cope with the crowd and atmosphere. I think we have a chance against Nigeria if we perform to those levels.

“We have a lot to improve on. South Africans are naturally fast and tend to play on the cuff. We lack organisation some times and we will try to improve on that going into the game.”

Responding to Rohr’s claims of the Eagles being the underdogs, the Brit said: “Rohr isn’t fooling anybody, I think he’s just trying to deflect pressure. Nigeria have always been one of the biggest teams on the continent. We’ll respect but not fear them. We can give anyone a good game on our day.”

On star of Nigeria’s last match Odion Ighalo, the former England Under-19 boss explained: “We’ve played good players and we hope we will be able to cope with him. That will be a job for our defence and midfield.”

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Ridwan is a trained communicator who specialises in football and squash. He has been published by African Examiner. He provides professional coverage of general news, politics and sports, and has interviewed some of the biggest names in the field - including the first Nigerian interview with South Africa's no. 1 male squash player, Jean-Pierre Brits. He is a proud Nigerian and campaigner for #NigeriaIsOurs.

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