Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter to ease the load on Orlando Pirates, Kaizer Chiefs and Sundowns players

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The Bafana boss has emphasised the importance of ensuring his relationship with PSL clubs remains healthy

Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter says he will work on managing the load of some of his players as they prepare to face Nigeria and Paraguay.

The English mentor has revealed that he will consider the mileage of players from teams such as Orlando Pirates, Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns during the current Fifa international break.

“I think it's important that we've spoken about having a positive relationship with the clubs. I've travelled around, even visiting clubs in the lower division," said Baxter to the media.

The coach was speaking to reporters ahead of their 2019 Caf African Cup of Nations qualifier against the Super Eagles on Saturday as well as their Nelson Mandela Challenge clash against the South Americans next week.

"It's really important that we have an understanding whereby they will help us If they can, and we will help them if we can,” he added.

With Sundowns having voiced out unhappiness resulting from Sibusiso Vilakazi's injury during the previous Fifa break, Baxter will have to carefully utilise players such as Itumeleng Khune, Ramahlwe Mphahlele, Vincent Pule, Thembinkosi Lorch, Hlompho Kekana and Tiyani Mabunda amongst other players from the big PSL clubs.

"I think that balance, without being detrimental to the success of national team. We have to have that little bit of feeling that if I was a coach at one of the clubs, I wouldn't want my players to play consecutive 90 minutes,” he responded.

Baxter was referring to the eagerly anticipated clash where the Soweto giants, Pirates and Chiefs, will lock horns in the Telkom Knockout Cup semi-final next weekend at Moses Mabhida Stadium.

On the other hand, the Brazilians are set to resume their Caf Champions League campaign which is set to start a few days after the second derby pitting the Buccaneers against Amakhosi.

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"I would expect the national team coach to have a little bit of feeling for South African football in general and say, maybe these couple can play a half in one and a half in the other, for example,” he continued.

"So, we'll approach it with that in mind, and it's not a point that's lost on anybody - it's something we will think about," concluded Baxter.


 

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