Baxter Releases Bafana Players Early
Stuart Baxter Has Released The Bafana Bafana Players
Bafana Bafana head coach, Stuart Baxter has called off the national team camp early, in order to give players time to recover from their respective injuries.
The South African national team secured a 3-1 win over Burkina Faso in a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying encounter which took place on Saturday, October 07, at the FNB Stadium.
Securing all three points in the encounter has since increased Bafana’s chances of qualifying for the prestigious competition set to take place next year in Russia, however, Head Coach Baxter’s side will need to win both of their upcoming encounters against Senegal next month.
However, after a job well done, the Englishman decided to release the players in camp without one more training session, so as to give overseas-based players time to spend with their families and the likes of Itumeleng Khune and Andile Jali who are nursing injuries, time to recover.
“After serious deliberation with the technical team, we decided that it is not in the best interest of the players to continue with another training session scheduled for Monday. What also pushed us to that decision was the many players carrying injuries and we felt they would be better off if given more time to rest to help them recover quicker,” Baxter said on the South African Football Association’s official website.
“We also believe this will help overseas-based players to spend a few more hours with their families than would have been possible before they jet out of the country to return to their clubs. On the other hand, this will assist local-based players to report early at their teams as we want to keep a healthy relationship with all the clubs – both local and overseas,” he added.