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Baxter Eager For Bafana Youngsters To Get In International Games

Stuart Baxter Eager For Bafana Bafana Youngsters To Get In International Games

By Soccer Laduma - Jul 24, 2017 09:30 AM

Bafana Bafana head coach, Stuart Baxter, is eager for the younger players in the squad to gain international experience as they advance to the third round of the Chan qualifiers.

Bafana defeated Botswana 3-1 in aggregate on Saturday, July 22 and are now set to face Zambia in the final round of the qualifiers.

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Speaking to the South African Football Association’s website, the Englishman revealed that he is happy with his side’s performances, however, maintains that the youngsters in the squad are not fully ready.

“If you look at the younger ones that I knew little about, Sandile Mthethwa has been quite impressive as a youngster, Sipho Mbule came in and gave a very mature performance but I knew him from Supersport United, Ryan Moon has done well and could have scored more goals, we also have Jamie Webber,” Baxter told SAFA’s official website.

“The younger ones have thrown their hats in the ring, but are they ready now? No, they are not. But we have Zambia now and the young ones will get a couple of international games.” 

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Baxter also heaped praise on Sphelele Ntshangase, revealing that he will be keeping an eye out for the player in the future.

“A few of them threw their hats in the ring, for example, Ntshangase is a very talented player that I didn’t know too much about, who I thought can he move up a level? Can he defend? Can he understand coaching, and he answered me and said yes I can. He did a good job. A player like him put his hands up a little bit and said hey just remember me for the future, keep an eye out for me, which I will,” he added. 

Bafana will host Zambia on the weekend of August, 11, 12, 13, while the second leg is scheduled for the following weekend. 


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fisto vs starless trophyless donkeys Jul 24, 2017 11:43 AM
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Neg60-wekhosi Jul 24, 2017 11:35 AM
You are a great coach ,I take my hat off...all these fringed players show character when u take up the driving sit...not khompela aka jz zuma lol look at this laatie moon he is a master piece yet khompela is looking for a top stiker mxm
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Carder305 Jul 24, 2017 11:18 AM
The problem at chiefs it's management, they would not allow the head coach to play this young stars because they need "experience" They would rather do Parker a striker instead with their 4-1-4-1 formation.
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makhanda-mendu me Jul 24, 2017 10:50 AM
@Zax5-Bucs jaa u may say that bt wher would those under 20 players come from...? No where if u ask me.. Chiefs and pirates use to scout and groom young raw talent... Back in the days this two use to trave as far a small town of umthatha, east london alliewan north eastern cape holding mini tournaments for talent that is happening no more...! That gave the a choice to negatiate small teams big stars.. The likes of nomvethe, legwati and many more. With out pressure bcz if small teams wer not willing to sell they knew they would lose the player and money...! No they reliant to small team. Tgats why small teams take that chance not to sell..
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arlandomadrid Jul 24, 2017 10:43 AM
Ntshangase is not a big club material.
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Kgandashisa the King Jul 24, 2017 10:38 AM
If Ryan moon fails at Chiefs then it means something very big is wrong with my team
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MALOSE Jul 24, 2017 10:32 AM
Still don't understand why chiefs ant they signing Ntshangase cos they really need him or are we waiting for him to be free?
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Sibongiseni300 Jul 24, 2017 10:31 AM
That's a big message to our team coaChe's who don't give youngsters a chance to prove themselves on higher level. Thank you Baxter I hope Steve will learn from you
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mbixane Jul 24, 2017 10:24 AM
Ryan Moon the boy Steve Komphela does not even think about in his squad.
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ArieSavana Jul 24, 2017 10:19 AM
It looks like Baxter is enjoying himself.
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Zax5-Bucs Jul 24, 2017 09:57 AM
Your Mthethwa, Malepe and Meyiwa will only get chance to play at their clubs when they are 25year old, Pirates prefer 30+years Zwane when Chiefs gunning for 29year old foreign reject. Yerrrr this two teams stood in football growth way, i so wish PSL can use the same rules as NFD and force these old age homes to field atleast two under-20 players in their XI. Thankyou Baxter for granting youngstars a chance to represent the country, lets hope club coaches won't dissapoint.
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Glamour boys akaKhosination Jul 24, 2017 09:34 AM
Remember the name Ryan Moon, sir...

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