Stuart Baxter praises Bafana Bafana players' work ethic following Libya stalemate

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The Bafana boss was reacting after their goalless draw at home in their second Group E match of the 2019 Afcon qualifiers against Libya

In the wake of their 0-0 draw against Libya on Saturday afternoon at the Moses Mabhida Stadium, Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter admitted that his troops were not good enough in the creative department.

Bafana failed to use their home ground advantage as they now have four points in the 2019 Caf African Cup of Nations qualifiers.

“It was a great game of football, a great advert of African football, but we weren't really true to ourselves in the second half,” Baxter said to SuperSport TV.

“You know we changed it because we had three central midfield players in the first half, neither of them were getting alongside Percy (Tau). So, even though we penetrated down the flanks, we did not have bodies in the box,” added the coach.

“So second half I said okay let me just start with Bradley (Grobler) and he will attack the crosses better and we can have Vila (Sibusiso Vilakazi) in a No.10 role and he will get closer, to see if we can get Percy from a flank,” he said.

“I thought we were a bit weak in terms of securing the ball, once we won the ball, very often we turned the ball back over to them because they were a bit stronger,” continued Baxter.

Despite their failure to secure the full three points at home, the former SuperSport United boss praised his troops for their hard work.

Moreover, the South Africans will have to beat Seychelles (who lost 3-0 to Nigeria) in their next encounter to boost their qualification hopes en route to Cameroon.

“So I am a bit disappointed with that, but I thought the players worked really hard and I can't complain about that,” responded the Bafana coach.

“Yeah, I think in the first half the cutting edge was not there because we just lacked numbers in the box and the second half was because possession was a little bit forced so when we won the ball, the impatience of going forward gave the ball away,” added the English mentor.

“I think we could have secured the ball a little more in the second half, we could have seen more of combination play, but they defended well, they defended strongly and they had numbers behind the ball and this is the kind of a football team we played this evening,” Baxter concluded.

 

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