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Baxter Explains His Substitutions

Baxter Explains His Substitutions

By Soccer Laduma - Sep 05, 2017 09:49 PM

Bafana Bafana head coach, Stuart Baxter has now explained his second-half substitutions during their 2-1 loss to Cape Verde.

Read: Rodrigues' Double Damages Bafana WC Chances

Bafana's 2018 World Cup qualifying hopes took another dent after they suffered a 2-1 defeat to Cape Verde on Tuesday evening.

The South Africans are now bottom of Group D with two games, with their fate our of their own hands.

"I picked the team who is going to deliver on the day, and you make the substitutions that you think are well timed but whether they're the right substitution or not, that's matter of opinion," Baxter told SuperSport after the game.

"We go a goal down after after a few minutes, which changes the mindset and the game. The instructions I gave at halftime then maybe are no relative because you need to chase the game.

"So you need to get on more attacking options which is why Lebo (Manyama) went on first, which Andile (Jali) and Percy (Tau) on because we wanted to up our attacking options, but at the same time we were gambling big time and we knew it, and they were as close to getting the third goal as we were to getting that equaliser, but that's a gamble we had to take."

However, in the end Baxter conceded that the chances of Bafana qualifying for Russia are very slim. 
 
"I'm totally gutted. What it means to me as a professional and someone who loves this country, I'm very, very disappointed. We have to now rely on other results. We don't have it in our own hands. But still we need to make sure that we do our work first. That's what we tried to do tonight and that's what we'll try to do in the next two games," he added.
 
"I know football is funny game and things can turn up. A door may open. I can't say I'm confident [we'll quality] if I'm a realist. We'll try very hard to win the last two games and see what happens."
 


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Yellow Blood zn Joined: 08 Aug 2016
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Yellow Blood zn Sep 06, 2017 06:43 PM
@Morcon That is true Mate, SAFA leadership is letting us down!!
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lindor10000bc Joined: 20 May 2013
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lindor10000bc Sep 06, 2017 05:01 PM
Someppl r really stupid always blamin Chiefs for everything, VUSEG MAAN HAMBAN NOFA!
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pantshwaa Joined: 15 Feb 2010
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pantshwaa Sep 06, 2017 04:45 PM
There are players whom are only good for club level. Manyama one of them
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Ekstein Makhanya Sep 06, 2017 04:33 PM
mnxm just resign wena with ur SSU cows they r not Bafana material
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Derrick.com Sep 06, 2017 04:22 PM
Tau was introduced too late into the field can you explain that Mr explainer???
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msanisto Sep 06, 2017 03:54 PM
What profanity you good for nothing editor? Detect profanity here
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sandile0813 Joined: 15 Jan 2013
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sandile0813 Sep 06, 2017 03:10 PM
From 1st half every thing was wrong we never completed 5 passes Dolly and Zwane They were stuck on one side , Hlanti was all alone on the left
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Pyton Sep 06, 2017 02:38 PM
@therealsomahhashi totally agree with but our players lack BMT.
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mlungumshengu Sep 06, 2017 02:26 PM
The main reason I didn't watch both Bafana games was because Jali was not in the starting XI. Any South African with good football understanding will tell you that an unfit Jali is way better than Furman. His presence is always felt on the field. If you disagree, look at how Pirates have struggled to find their shape in the middle since he left, even Roger De Sa decided to run away following his departure. Yet Baxter decided to bench him. Yah neh, being a South African soccer fan is hard. Maybe Bafana should be closed. Waste of our precious resources. The money can be used to build more houses for the poor!!!!
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Richard Flesh Joined: 04 Sep 2017
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Richard Flesh Sep 06, 2017 01:43 PM
jali mokotjo tau deserved to be on the starting line-up. kekana wasnt completing passes forward. no world cup believe me the only good coach is owen da gama
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Athie88 Sep 06, 2017 12:55 PM
Cape Verde did their research on us and I dont think much preparation was done for this game. we just couldnt penetrate them and we had no ideas on how to. If Rama has the ball there was no movement they just waited for him to do something. I dont know why Zwane was taken off. The coach had about 3 systems in 15 mins, the less said about 3 defensive midfielders the better not to mention no creative player. I also dont know why these coaches dont like Mokotjo looking at his stats he deserved to start. Why continue to play long balls and crosses when you took out Grobler and you have Tau, Rantjie and Manyama
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Coach T Joined: 15 Feb 2017
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Coach T Sep 06, 2017 12:43 PM
Furman is not good for our national team that's a fact grobbler, their team mate gold that was a disaster
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Coach T Sep 06, 2017 12:40 PM
Tau, sandiladns,kekana,matlaba,eram us,zwane,langerman all have played at top level of African competition
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Nhlpato Sep 06, 2017 11:15 AM
Were r Baxter cowporters who Were peperezin tht wer going to world cup specialy starless kaizer chimpanzees continental FUTBOL underachievas since 1970 ( no champs lig n SUPERCUP in their cabinet) cowporters n wen we said tht chuck Norris wil flop thy wer peperezin tht Baxter this Baxter tht mxm we r nt going to world cup MAAN
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Morcon Sep 06, 2017 11:11 AM
SAFA is a Joke, If you think Pitso was a bad coach for Bafana, Gordon was a bad coach for Bafana, Mashaba was a bad coach for Bafana or Baxter is a bad coach then you don’t understand football, SAFA should not have fired Mashaba at that crucial stage of the world cup qualifiers and bring on a new coach in the form of Baxter, they should have allowed him to finish what he started, SAFA is making coaching Bafana Bafana the most difficult job in the world, if I was Gavin Hunt I was not going to wish to be a Bafana Bafana coach under the current SAFA leadership, I feel sorry for poor Baxter, you should have seen his post-match interview with Marawa, when a new coach comes in to the team it doesn’t matter how good he is, he must first learn the players in order to come with best combinations and the players must learn his philosophy and it doesn’t need Sir Alex Ferguson to understand that. There was no time for both Baxter and Bafana to do that, you might go through the process while getting results like what Mashaba did when qualifying Bafana for 2015 AFCON and if that happens then you are lucky, in this case both Baxter and Bafana have the mixture of both, they were lucky to beat Nigeria and unlucky to lose to Cape Verde. Unfortunately, you cannot always depend in luck in football, you must work hard and understand how to run it, when to fire the coach and get the new one, which decision to make and when to make it, identify problem areas and come up with solutions. I think is high time that SAFA is run by former footballers, current leaders are letting the country down, Uther Zwane/Lucky Lekgwathi can do a better job than Danny Jordan. We need people who understand the challenges our country’s football is facing and who can come up with solutions than complaining about it, South Africans love football and they deserve better. What is happening between the PSL and SAFA, having domestic fixture during (CHAN & COSAFA) the tournaments that we must use to build a formidable Bafana and give our PSL players international exposure is a very big setback for SA football that have more domestic than oversea players, if the PSL is the best league with the highest standard in Africa, then let’s get best PSL players to compete for COSAFA & CHAN and beat our opponents with the average of 7 goals and build their confidence and see if it will not improve our chances of making it to big tournaments like AFCON and FIFA world cup. Doctor Khumalo, Mark Fish, Neil Tovey and Linda Buthelezi’s confidence was not build the day they beat Cameroon 3 nil or the day they beat Ghana 3 nil or the day they beat Tunisia 2 nil, it was built by winning Simba four nations. We need football leaders who can do something about it and come up with solutions, the problem has been there for too long and complaining about it is not helping us, we need solutions. If SAFA is serious about getting Bafana Bafana right, they will stop firing good coaches for stupid reasons, sort out the mess between them and the PSL (In availability of players for CHAN and COSAFA due to fixtures) and focus in development so that it doesn’t take us 30 years to replace retired goal poacher like Benni McCarthy and best defenders like Lucas Radebe. It is unfortunate that even today we are still struggling to get our football Identity, which formation best suit our players, what to expect from Bafana Bafana on the day of the game, I don’t think it should take 50 years, 10 years is enough, today we beat Mexico, tomorrow we lose to Zambia, today we beat Spain tomorrow we lose to Mauritania, today we beat Nigeria, tomorrow we lose to Cape Verde, today our players are performing with their tails high(with full of confidence), tomorrow we play like headless chickens, all because of lack of leadership. SAFA if you think you are doing a very good job the you must think again, you are doing a very good job in destroying our football.
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Nhlpato Sep 06, 2017 11:11 AM
Cowditor y u say south Africans r bottom of group D y dont u say WE are bottom of group D kanty aren't u south African cowditor Hehehehe Hehehehe if BAFUNNY BAFUNNY won u wud hav said WE are on top of group D AKERE cowditor or kemaka Hehehehe Hehehehe #reminder Cowmphela is STIL PSL trophyless AKERE n going nowere Hehehehe
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Pl moloi Sep 06, 2017 11:04 AM
We Remember mashaba is better than yu
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jujunation4lyf Sep 06, 2017 10:47 AM
Man these team can't score more than two goals because the afraid to take responsibility.whos to blame,is you! England is doing very well, while we are stuck here with you, double defeat really? were was tau in your starting x1??????
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razzmatazz-wa-papascelo Sep 06, 2017 10:46 AM
Here we nid the truth to be tell by dis quantity Safa.how can u axe a quality couch and then u hire us a quantity coach.I mean dis bcz there's no quality coach who can put a player like PERCY TAU,KERMIT ERASMUS,ANDILE JALI AND CLASSEN on de bench when u knw is a must win game.how can u want to put Mobara instead of Tau or ERASMUS when u r down with 2 goals.let us be honest Safa have a lot of apartheid.how can a quality coach lose to a country like a cape verde twice wth de same score.Mashaba didn't loose a game and we must not forget we have 4 points of Shakes Mashaba.your foreign coach have not win a single game or draw.mxm poor safa you let us down.
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mzongeji@gmail.com Sep 06, 2017 10:40 AM
I think to be precise Mr Baxter undermined Cape Verde whether on point of Africanism or based on league popularity. Look at his posture to ascertain my determination on both matches. He never prepared instead he thought he will walk all over his counter parts with his charges. In person I respect Mr Baxter but in football what else that has enabled him to lead our country in terms of achievements international? Leadership in football goes beyond personal stature in particular in our African states so his selection should be informed by rationale in order to show commitment to the cause of African child development. Until we are serious with our football matters, I now place my support where it would be appreciated as opposed to arroganism like politics of today. Shakespeare once said in one of his sonnets "if you think this is absurd...." we definitely not going to Russia.

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