Baxter Bafana Plans To Include African Opponents?
Stuart Baxter To Consider African Opponents For Bafana
As reported by Soccer Laduma previously, Bafana Bafana head coach Stuart Baxter is earmarked to present a plan of action outlining Bafana’s calendar for 2018 to the South African Football Association’s Technical Committee.
The meeting which is scheduled for early January will see the Bafana mentor outline the plans for Bafana’s schedule in 2018 in the wake of a failed 2018 World Cup qualification campaign.
With the South African national squad only scheduled to competitively compete in September this year when the qualifiers for the 2019 African Nations Cup finals resume, Siya sources have indicated that Baxter has opted to line-up African opponents to play Bafana in March.
Media reports surfaced that SAFA was considering to let Bafana be used as training opponents for countries such England, Brazil and Argentina all who have qualified for Russia 2018. However, the FA has refuted those reports merely indicating to the Siya crew that a plan was yet to be presented with suggested opponents to keep the squad active in 2018.
Now sources close to the Bafana camp have indicated that Baxter could present African opponents which will help the national team prepare more effectively for the AFCON qualifiers.
“It only makes sense that we play highly competitive African opponents to prepare for the 2019 AFCON rather than be used as training opponents for teams that have qualified for the World Cup,” said the Siya source.
“Bafana will benefit more from such games as the 2019 AFCON remains a priority for SAFA,” added the source.
As always the Siya crew will keep you updated on the latest developments at SAFA.