‘South Africa could have scored even more' - Baxter revels in victory over Nigeria

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The Bafana Bafana mentor believes the Super Eagles were fortunate not to lose by a greater margin than the final 2-0 scoreline

Stuart Baxter claimed Nigeria were lucky to lose by just a two-goal margin to his South Africa side at Godswill Akpabio Stadium on Saturday.

Goals from Tokelo Rantie and Percy Tau helped Bafana Bafana secure their first victory in competitive game over the Super Eagles as Gernot Rohr’s side struggled to get past the visitors’ backline.

And a delighted Baxter who was full of praises for his boys feels his side could have scored more goals after Themba Zwane’s efforts struck the woodwork twice.

''We set out to contain the Super Eagles in the first 20 minutes to prevent them from scoring so we played deeper, and after that we tried to open the field the way we wanted to,’’ he told media after the game.

''As it turned, we could have scored more goals. I don’t want to sound like a bad winner but I think we could have scored more with a little bit of more composure.

''Beating Nigeria 2-0 on their home soil is massive for my players and the football association of the country. I am very pleased.''

He went a step further rating the Super Eagles as a great side despite losing their first game under coach Rohr.

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''I think Nigeria have a very good team,'' he continued. ''All we did was stop them from playing and hurt them whenever we have the ball.

''Nigeria are a very good side, I am just proud of the way my players played in terms of preventing them from scoring and creating chances to score.''

With this victory, South Africa are second in Group E with inferior goals difference to leaders, Libya. They host Libya in their next encounter on March 27, 2018.

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