Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter has revealed his criteria for selection as he is set to name his squad for the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations clash against Libya later this month.
With preparations expected to soon get underway for the showdown, the 65-year-old is set to announce his squad on Monday, and he has revealed that there will not be many surprises.
“It’s such an important game,” Baxter was quoted as saying by Independent Media.
“You don’t want to be experimenting too much with this one. You don’t want to be taking people that you don’t think are mentally strong and they can give a performance with a knife on their throat,” he added.
It should be a rather familiar line-up as Baxter looks to his tried and tested.
“Players that I know are easier to select than players that I don’t know. But if there’s a player who’s in a hot vein of form, there has to be space for that player,” he said.
“The majority of the squad will be the ones that I know and the ones who know what we want,” he expressed.
Meanwhile, Baxter is certainly not disillusioned with what is at stake, knowing that his future could rely heavily on the result of the game.
“I am fully aware of the importance of the game but not of the importance of the game to me; that’s irrelevant really,” Baxter said.
“It’s important to the country and so many people, that going to a major competition would reflect in their happiness and their involvement as the tournament progresses,” he continued.
“I know all the ramifications of this game,” he admitted.
“Even though I analyse my own work, I don’t try to rate myself. I don’t say that you would be a failure if you didn’t do this and you would be a success if you did that,” he explained.
“I know that football and life aren’t like that. You’re not a success because you do one thing successfully. You’re a success because of the way that you live your life, deal with and treat other people,” he said.
“Are you humble? Are you loud and abusive? That’s the criteria you use in the bigger picture; in the smaller picture, I know that people look at results in our game. I am well aware of that,” Baxter suggested.