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Stuart Baxter in no rush to qualify table-topping Bafana Bafana for 2019 Africa Cup of Nations

17:03 SAST 2018/10/14
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Despite claiming a resounding win at home, the Bafana Bafana mentor is taking nothing for granted ahead of Tuesday's return clash

South Africa national team head coach Stuart Baxter may have been delighted with his side’s performance after they put six goals past a hapless Seychelles, but he is refusing to get too ahead of himself.

Bafana are currently on top of Group E, putting them in pole position to qualify for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

Much has been said about securing qualification by next month as they take on Nigeria in their penultimate game, but Baxter is adamant that it will not be a problem if qualification is taken to their final game of the qualifiers.  

“It’s not important to secure qualification by next month. I think with our history with failing to qualify, I think qualification is the goal,” Baxter told the media.

“If we wrap it up quickly that’s very nice indeed and everyone will be very happy, but if it goes right to the last minute of the last game, I am sure everyone will be delighted anyway. So, I am not going to think too much about that,” Baxter explained.

Meanwhile, before Bafana can think about the Nigeria clash, Bafana are now set to take on Seychelles for a second time on Tuesday.

Bafana were scheduled to jet off to Victoria on Sunday, and Baxter admits that although Bafana were easily victorious at home, playing on an artificial surface in Seychelles won’t be a walk in the park.

“Their pitch is not easy to play on. I spoke to their coach when we were in London at the Fifa awards and he said the ball when it came down it was bounced up as high as it was before‚” Baxter revealed.

“So, it will certainly be a difficult game, it will certainly be a different game. We may need to tweak our tactical approach,” he said.

“But I think if we show the same passion to get on the ball and play and move them about‚ I think we can do that on any surface,” the 65-year-old continued.

“So, I’m optimistic‚ but know that it’s going to be difficult and different,” he concluded.