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Baxter Explains His Disappointment After Nigeria Draw

Bafana Bafana head coach Stuart Baxter has explained why he was left disappointed despite taking four points off Nigeria in their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying campaign.

Read: Mothiba Rescues Bafana, Nigeria Qualify For Afcon

Bafana missed out on the chance to secure a spot at next year's Afcon after drawing 1-1 with the Super Eagles on Saturday afternoon.

As a result, Bafana now need to get at least a point against Libya in their final group game.

“I’m disappointed a little bit and I’m proud a little bit. We’ve taken four points off the Super Eagles and the only goal we’ve conceded so far in the tournament is an own goal,” Baxter told SuperSport after the match.
 
“I’m disappointed that we weren’t braver, we said at halftime we give them problems when we get through and get our movements, we run people away and challenge them one v one. 
 
“And in the second half we started to go long. We started to go really long and that’s a sign of nerves that we don’t want to concede. 
 
“I want a good run and delivery but not just hook it over the defence. Even the problems we gave them in the second half were the same, combinations. I’m little bit disappointed but the fight goes on.”
 
Baxter also expanded on Thulani Serero's display following his return after a long absence from the national side.
 
“It was a big one for Thulani [Serero] to come in because we didn’t have him in the game the way we wanted. So I changed him and put Percy [Tau] as a [number] ten. We pulled [Thembinkosi] Lorch as a winger. It didn’t come out the way I wanted. I wanted play in between so the runs could come.
 

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