Stuart Baxter admits Bafana Bafana players' decision to change tactics was frustrating

The Bafana star revealed who made the decision to utilise the long-ball in the second half

Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter was not too perplexed after his side changed their approach in the second half.

Baxter’s men played out to a 1-1 draw, meaning that it is now all to play for in their final game against Libya in March.

However, many would have been startled by Tau’s revelation that it was the players who opted to change their approach by hoofing the ball long as they struggled to break down a resolute Super Eagles defence.

“There were five defenders and two central midfielders that were in front of the five, so it was difficult for us to get those pockets and then we felt they were tired because of the heat and the right centre-back was injured so we felt that we could get behind them and score and it didn’t work out,” Tau told the media.

But Baxter admitted that it was frustrating to see his side to take matters into their own hands.

“To have a game plan and when it’s working, stick at it and if it doesn’t go too well, stick at it, but I think it was disappointing because we tried to get the information on to the field and when we did it, we succeeded again, and for me it’s just maybe we locked ourselves into one side,” the Bafana coach said.

“We didn’t open the field up because once you open the field up then you can start playing those nice combinations,” he added,

“And what happens, you get under more and more pressure, so you just throw it over the top because you don’t want to lose the ball, and I was going quite frantic trying to get that information to the players, ‘open the field’, South African players are better when we open spaces,” he explained. 

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“The lines got crossed and our players needed to be brave,” he continued.

“But like Percy said, it may work because they’re tired, whatever I think it’s a lesson there, for that we have to stick to what we can do because that brings the best out of our players,” Baxter concluded.