Baxter: Qualifying For The World Cup Is In Our Hands
Stuart Baxter: Qualifying For The 2018 FIFA World Cup Is In Our Hands
Bafana Bafana head coach Stuart Baxter has said that qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers is currently in the hands of the South African national team.
Bafana secured an impressive 3-1 victory over Burkina Faso in a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying encounter which took place on Saturday, October 07 at the FNB Stadium.
The win has since increased the South African national team’s chances of qualifying for the prestigious competition set to take place in Russia next year, despite Bafana currently bottom of Group D on four points.
Bafana will be facing Senegal twice next month, November, which means that should the South African national team manages to salvage all six points in those two 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying encounter, Head Coach Baxter’s side will top Group D with 10 points, booking their spot in the World Cup next year.
Speaking to SAFA’s official website, Baxter said, “Senegal’s victory over Cape Verde has tilted the scale slightly in our favour and now we are still very much alive in the qualifiers. I have been saying we have to live in the here and now, what happens in the other match is not our concern. We have to win the remaining matches and we are off to Russia, anything less we know we are out – because with six points each, Burkina Faso and Cape Verde can only get to nine points, while two wins for us will take us to ten points, so it is very much in our hands.
“If we thought the clash against Burkina Faso was a World Cup final, the two matches against Senegal are way more than that. We need to continue from where we left off against the Burkinabe and if we can have the same aggression and attitude when we face Senegal, then we are very close to realising our dream,” he added.
Bafana will face Senegal home and away on November 10 and 14 respectively.