Bafana Bafana's chances of qualifying for the 2018 Fifa World Cup finals in Russia suffered a massive blow following their second successive defeat at the hands of Cape Verde on Tuesday.
Garry Rodrigues netted two brilliant goals in the second half, which were enough to take the Blue Sharks to second on the Group D log with two games to go.
While a section of Bafana fans called for Stuart Baxter's exit after Friday's defeat in Praia, those calls grew louder as more fans joined the party, using #BaxterOut.
Population 450 000Cape Verde 2-1 South Africa 55million #BafanaBafana #BaxterOut #ShakesMashaba wants his 4 points. pic.twitter.com/d1zZTYFdnR — Adv Mbongi Sangweni (@AdvMbongiNgwane) September 5, 2017
The majority of fans, including a few players who played at the highest level of the South African football, believe that Baxter got his team selection wrong.
Yesses that bench 🔥 — Lennox Bacela (@lennoxbacela) September 5, 2017
However, there are those who feel the South African Football Association (Safa) should stick with Baxter despite the back-to-back defeats to Cape Verde.
Its sad coz Bafana will make Baxter seem as a bad coach, Bafana deserves coaches like Steve Khompela where u know ukuthi uLose yiSure case — Hiii Power (@Slu_Q95) September 5, 2017
I hope SAFA won't do to Stuart Baxter as they did to Gordon Igesund, Pitso Mosimane & Shakes Mashaba. Bafana Bafana should stuck w/ Stuart! — Kokwele M. Phillix (@Matome_Phillix) September 5, 2017
Hands off Stuart Baxter ! — Nathi (@nuttynkocyn) September 5, 2017
Some high-profile figures in the media industry have also lost faith in Bafana Bafana.
Doesn't look like I'll be able to practice my Russian anytime soon!— #NotInMyName (@MatthewBoothZA) September 5, 2017
South Africa 🇿🇦 1 Cape Verde 🇨🇻 2
In a game that Bafana fluttered to deceive in the opening half not until the the Islanders pounced. — Marks Maponyane (@MarksMaponyane) September 5, 2017
We all don't know what the future holds for Baxter, but one thing is for sure that the 64-year-old will have some explaining to do when he meets his bosses at Safa House in the next few days.