Sport24.co.za | Baxter warns Bafana players against complacency

Cape Town – Stuart Baxter has warned his Bafana Bafana players against any complacency ahead of a return leg against Seychelles after a convincing home win on Saturday.

Bafana destroyed the Islanders in one of their biggest competitive wins with a 6-0 rout at the FNB Stadium, moving them to the top of the Group AFCON qualifying group.

Baxter though, warned his side against allowing any complacency to set in ahead of their clash at the Stade Linete on Tuesday afternoon.

“I want to see that type of passion when we go there, we are not thinking of the past result, that is gone and this is a new game altogether,” Baxter said after his side’s win.

Bafana can cement their place at the top of the group standings and massively place one foot in Cameroon for next year’s AFCON tournament.

South Africa currently sit atop the group with seven points from three games followed by Nigeria with six points and Libya with four. Seychelles are yet to register a point.

Baxter said he goes to Seychelles with lots of positives from what he saw from Saturday’s performances by his charges.

“We had a good win but we should not be carried away. There was a new wave, the swagger from all the players; although one swallow doesn’t make a summer, the young players really showed lots of promise and that’s encouraging all round,” he said. “The players did a fantastic job.”

He said he has emphasised to his players over and over again that when you take football as a career the pinnacle of all this is one representing own country at major tournaments and that at times, failure to do so are because of results against smaller teams ‘that can derail you’.

“We are aware what Seychelles are capable of, they created two big chances against Nigeria and they would think they have a chance if they sit back in the opening minutes and frustrate us, we need to guard against that.”

The Bafana Bafana mentor said one thing which really satisfied him was the type of discipline and how the substitutes stuck to instructions.

He said scoring goals was great considering goal difference might become a factor at the end of group matches.

“We want more of that, more of that passion, discipline and professionalism. How the players played (on Saturday) was a structured South African way, the moving of the ball and everything,” he said.

“In certain areas we have really potential and if we hit and play more of that, we can play good football and I want more of that.”

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