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Baxter: The Importance Of The Game Affected The Players

Baxter: The Importance Of The Game Affected The Players

By Soccer Laduma - Sep 02, 2017 01:40 PM

Bafana Bafana head coach, Stuart Baxter believes the importance of the clash with Cape Verde affected the players.

Read: Mathoho Sent Off As Bafana Lose In Cape Verde

The South Africans took the lead through Tokelo Rantie, but hosts hit back courtesy of a brace from Nuno Rocha.

Bafana missed the chance to move top of the group and now remain in second spot.

"First half, we get our noses in front and I think we had good control of the game. We had a period of about 20 minutes where I said to the players, we got to stay true to ourselves," Baxter was qouted as saying by SAFA.net

"We went into a backfoot mode, not taking repsonsibility on the ball, losing the ball to easily and it was a little bit of rabbit in the headlights.

"The importance of the game affected a few of the players and they didn't reach their normal standard. We can find excuses or reasons, I think that's one of the reasons that we didn't show focus and composure to keep playing, because we opened the game quite well. We got a goal and we were threatening to get our combination play.

"When they threatened us, especially when they scored, and they scored disappointingly, we got an opportunity at that end, we lose the ball and they counter on us and it's a little bit sloppy and I don't think we reacted well to the goal.

"When we came out in the second half, we showed that we can play on this pitch. It was more of an attitude problem rather than technical a problem. Even went Tower (Mathoho) went off, we still created a couple chances.

"We can find the referee as a villian of the piece, we can say the ball boys didn't throw the ball back but for me that's not reasons, those are excuses."


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Vhivha Joined: 25 Jul 2016
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Vhivha Sep 04, 2017 02:31 PM
Please Baxter to not risk fielding tomorrow Manyama, Rowen Williams,Matoho, Furman, Zungu, Introduce Jali,Mabunda; Kekana, Serero, Mokotjo, Tau in your starting 11.
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EagleEye Sep 04, 2017 02:24 PM
We are still going to loose tomorrow at the Moses Mabhida. Shakes was much better.
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EagleEye Sep 04, 2017 02:23 PM
Baxter do not come with excuses, why on earth do leave Kekana on the bench and field Dean Furman? What was the purpose of taking Morgan with? We are still going to losse tomorrow at the M
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Maloh11 Joined: 10 Apr 2017
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Maloh11 Sep 04, 2017 09:26 AM
Mr Baxter now fix it is broken. Start Jali n Mokotjo in the middle of the park
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Vhivha Sep 03, 2017 01:10 PM
Baxter took BB to Cape Verde without a game plan, the media is so quiet, to them it is business as usual, BB choke every time i have lost hope, Mzantsi wont cross the OCEAN to Russia World Cup Tournament
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allegromolto Sep 03, 2017 12:54 PM
Manyama the weakest link
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razzmatazz-wa-papascelo Joined: 27 Jun 2014
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razzmatazz-wa-papascelo Sep 03, 2017 11:01 AM
Safa chased Shakes Mashaba like a dog his team was plyng better than this team of this white foreigner.what I've saw it was all about Supersport,Chiefs and Sundowns.so supporters of those teams will support you not us.I wish you can loose all your games.Safa is killing our football
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jerseynumber8 Sep 03, 2017 12:02 AM
1.Ithumeleng Khune 2.Anele Ngcongca 3.Sifiso Hlanti 4.Mulowandau Mathoho 5.Thulani Hlatshwayo 6.Rivaldo Coetzee 7.Keagan Dolly 8.Kamohelo Mokotjo 9.Dino Ndhlovu 10.Kermit Erasmus 11.Lars Veldwijk
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KingStina Sep 02, 2017 10:19 PM
Buhle Mkhwanazi (when he comes back from injury) for Eric Mathoho kwanele manje my #Khosi, kdala usidlisa
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chris_kumalo Sep 02, 2017 08:22 PM
If they were affected by the importance of the game, it will be worse on Tuesday.I hope the coach has asked safa to provide him with a team ofpsychologists bcz I foresee disaster ,humiliation and tears
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@McCoora Sep 02, 2017 06:19 PM
@jabu pule you are correct Furman had a better game than most players who were selected in that midfield especially Zungu was useless,had it not been for Furman's cover up at the back after Mathoho's red card it would have been a big margin of scoreline,just that people are afraid to criticize their favourites even if they disappoint them they will always look for scapegoats. I hated to see one of my favourite players Zwane always turning back with the ball, many players didn't perform well no supply to Rantie at all
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fisto vs starless trophyless donkeys Sep 02, 2017 06:18 PM
Even Da Gama and Mashaba they better times 5 than this boring football coach but because clueless football mindless fools like SAFA they are the one who take decesions they won't see th
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fisto vs starless trophyless donkeys Sep 02, 2017 06:13 PM
@KING~PHAZAMISA~RETURNS lool you suppose to agree with me everyday wena maarn,very soon you will find Thuso Phala and ather supersport donkies wearing bafana jersey
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KING~PHAZAMISA~RETURNS Sep 02, 2017 06:11 PM
Awuthi nginishiye kanjalo kungaze kuthiwe sengithe#ngusbhamu syadubula syadula slunguz'ebumnyameni
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@McCoora Sep 02, 2017 06:09 PM
@Vhivha and where do I fit in on that racially analysis of yours,you have a way of stepping out of line everytime,if you wanna be a politician why don't you go to that platform and express your racial concerns,don't drag me into that sh*t I'm a sport enthusiast dude
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Big E Fisherman Sep 02, 2017 06:09 PM
Leaving Percy Tau, Kamogelo, Jali, Patosi,Mabunda....this guy is busy building a Super Sport Bafana United by calling almost all SSU players, now he talks about impact of the game...
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KING~PHAZAMISA~RETURNS Sep 02, 2017 06:08 PM
So Baxter is now master of excuses like komphela hmmmm kunzima emzansi
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KING~PHAZAMISA~RETURNS Sep 02, 2017 06:07 PM
Ninyathelwa imbongolo
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KING~PHAZAMISA~RETURNS Sep 02, 2017 06:06 PM
@fisto vs starless trophyless donkeys .....for once i agree wth u furman,williams and Gould are not national team material...they're just ordinary Cows
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KING~PHAZAMISA~RETURNS Sep 02, 2017 06:05 PM
Even Pizza was and is doing better job than Clueless Baxter

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