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AFCON 2019 qualifier: Bafana Bafana coach warns Eagles

AFCON 2019 qualifier: Bafana Bafana coach warns Eagles

By Monica Iheakam

New Bafana Bafana  manager, Stuart Baxter, moments after he was unveiled  to the press yesterday,  sounded a note of warning to Super Eagles.

Baxter, said  he intends to make a winning start on his second return as South Africa coach, even as he prepares to name a strong squad on May 25  for the June 10, 2017  clash against Eagles in Uyo, Akwa Ibom  State.  The Englishman who signed a five-year contract, vowed to give Nigeria a tough time, adding that only winning is paramount against Gernot Rohr and his boys  .

“I hope we will be very competitive with Nigeria. We will give them a game,” Baxter told a press conference after his unveiling in Johannesburg.

“We need to be competitive and players will do it the South African way; that should reflect the play in the country,” said Baxter, who previously coached the 1996 African champions from May 2004 to November 2005.

The 63-year-old, who will continue to coach Premier Soccer League side SuperSport United until the end of the season, said there was no shortage of talent in South Africa.

“I believe the nation has enough players to succeed and I also believe in my abilities; I’m very optimistic,” said the former Kaizer Chiefs boss.

He added: “I’m really looking forward to this latest challenge. If I wasn’t ready, I would not have accepted the challenge.

“I’m very optimistic if we can pull together, but don’t be too negative because it will affect everyone. I’m asking for buy-in from every South African.

“I will be going abroad to watch players who ply their trade there. I will watch every South African. They will get a fair chance.

“I want Bafana Bafana to unite South Africa in the long term. If we do that we will become a powerhouse of football,” said Baxter.


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