Baxter: We lacked that one class act
Posted: 10 November 2017 Time: 09:32 pm
Bafana Bafana head coach Stuart Baxter says they lacked that one player who could create something out of nothing against Senegal.
Bafana failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup after losing 2-0 to the Lions of Teranga at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on Friday evening.
"It's difficult for the team and difficult for the home country. We tried to get ourselves back into contention after those back-to-back losses to Cape Verde. The performance in the first half, it was amazing that we went 2-0 down because I thought we were better than them," Baxter told SuperSport TV.
"We didn't have one class act that could conjure up something out of nothing. We missed our chances. The second half we still created more chances than they did. But it all means nothing as we went down 2-0 and they go to Russia."
Bafana still have one more game to play against Senegal on Tuesday in Dakar, although they will only be playing for pride.
"I want to look at the log first and see. Do we have a chance to be better than we are? If that's the case we'll play our strong side and try to win the game. I don't think we had a lack of effort from the players. I may give a chance to a few lads who work very hard and haven't had a game. It's a dead rubber. It's about pride for the shirt and pride for the results of the country. So we will go and do the best we can," he added.
"My mandate was never about 'qualify for the World Cup or you go home'. I wanna make sure that we're making progress. I've seen some of the performances that we need to move more quickly. We need to make progress. We need to have everyone's backing in the country, including SAFA and that's the only way we'll get better.
"Maybe I'm blue-eyed but I don't think this team [Senegal] or Nigeria are better than us. They may have the big names but with the right sort of application we can certainly move forward."