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Baxter: Qualifying For The World Cup Is In Our Hands

Stuart Baxter: Qualifying For The 2018 FIFA World Cup Is In Our Hands

By Soccer Laduma - Oct 09, 2017 10:11 AM

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.

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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. 

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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. 


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IJO LAMPARD Joined: 17 Sep 2016
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IJO LAMPARD Oct 09, 2017 05:45 PM
no need for changing a winning team khune,mkhize,hlanti,gould ,daneils,mokotjo,kekana,jali,z wane,tau,villa
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DE NAVIGATOR Oct 09, 2017 12:18 PM
a win for us
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Laytue Oct 09, 2017 12:10 PM
This is still an easy walk for Bafana Bafana but starting line up should be arranged in a way that on the away match we expect a lot of sweat and blood coz its a lose or win situation ... hope is still there but please Tau, Zwane, Jali Khune,must be in the starting line up
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msanisto Oct 09, 2017 11:58 AM
@magents02 Wow! Is this how we are supposed to look at the national team?
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Warras4khosi Oct 09, 2017 11:46 AM
If other countries did it why can't we did it.
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vladmir@hanyani Oct 09, 2017 11:27 AM
THANKS BAXTER THIS TIME YOU GAS THE FIRST LINE UP CORRECTLY, UNLIKE THOSE ALL OTHER GAMES THAT WE LOST BCS OF LEAVING GOOD PLAYERS ON THE BENCH, BUT ANY WAY WE WILL TEACH YOU THAT PLAYER LIKE JALI AND TAU START THE GAME ALWAYS,
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Vhivha Oct 09, 2017 10:55 AM
@magents02 Sundowns did not play against Burkina Faso, it was BB team effort including the technical staff, discrimination and sowing divisions are not going to take us as Mzantsi anywhere.
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Vhivha Oct 09, 2017 10:53 AM
Baxter, do not get carried away, you have a lot to improve from, beating Senegal will not come cheap, complacency will kill us as a nation if your homework for the forthcoming games is not done properly
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magents02 Oct 09, 2017 10:39 AM
At least now everyone saw the experience Sundowns boys brought to the national team...hate or love it that brought hope to our country. Weldone coach Pitso for bringing the best out of your players.. they are ahead of everyone...with Khune in goals I see the best distributor the country have ever have. Well done boys
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Juninho13 Oct 09, 2017 10:36 AM
Its on the other teams wins and loses.
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msanisto Oct 09, 2017 10:36 AM
Mh! Bafana may have won against Burkina Faso but the fact remains they are weak. There is no way that they can beat Senegal home and away. Senegal only has to get two points from the two matches and that's it. Baxter must admit he messed our chances against Cape Verde and he must take personal responsibility for our failure to qualify.
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Swinedunus-6-Rats-0-namanje Oct 09, 2017 10:31 AM
IMPOSSIBLE DREAM.

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