However the fans views have always been countered in a relaxed manner by Baxter himself. In this interview Baxter talks about why Pirates star Xola Mlambo is not in the squad.
Our Goal editor Ernest Makhaya argues in his comment piece that Mlambo should've been selected. You can read fan reactions from Twitter below.
We also include reactions from the players and the audio of Baxter talking about the squad.
Are we at a stage in our country where the national team (squad) is decided by journalists reports/previews and what the fans want..? How much of an input do the reporters and fans have. Or can the coach decide according to what He feels will work..?— Amanda toki Dlamini (@Amanda_Dlamini9) October 1, 2018
Bafana Bafana coach on why he selected only 2 players from the log leaders Orlando Pirates, Why he didn't select Xola Mlambo pic.twitter.com/QAG3ypPvup— MoAfrika and other 57fans (@BlackisGoldz) October 1, 2018
Midfielders: Dean Furman, Teboho Mokoena (SS Utd), Lebogang Maboe, Hlompho Kekana, Sibusiso Vilakazi (Downs), Thabo Nodada (CT City), Kamohelo Mokotjo (Brentford), Vincent Pule (Pirates).— Bafana Bafana (@BafanaBafana) October 1, 2018
Some people don’t know what they want with a national team…— Joe Crann (@YesWeCrann) October 1, 2018
They cry for form selections, but consistency. For fairness, but for their club’s players to be included. For youth, but only when it suits them.
Must be so tiring.
SAFA must just do the right thing and give Benni McCarthy the Bafana Bafana coaching job I think he'll do a better job .— Simo 🕊 #Ngiyazithandela (@simo_wam) October 2, 2018
Congratulations brother https://t.co/LOYk14HrGY— Keagan dolly (@dolly_keagan07) October 1, 2018
South Africa (@GoalcomSA) October 1, 2018
Bon Lundi à tous ! pic.twitter.com/npQ9ZOk6qc— Lebo Mothiba (@LeboMothiba11) October 1, 2018
Bafana bafana selection doesn't make sense to me at all tbh. I think loya mlungu is in panic mode— #BuyBlack (@Gino_MSFC) October 2, 2018
Great to see André Arendse appointed GK Coach by Stuart Baxter. One of the best keepers ever to have represented Bafana Bafana.— Paul Gellard (@PauloSimao55) October 2, 2018
Press Conference to announce squad to play Seychelles on 13 & 16 October 2018 now on. pic.twitter.com/NWvAfgnLbO— Bafana Bafana (@BafanaBafana) October 1, 2018
He sure didn't inspire confidence today. Says we must respect all teams, not undermine teams like we did Cape Verde. International football there are no easy games. https://t.co/6KGkP7g8oB— Tracksuit (@ThabisoMosia) October 1, 2018