Baxter: It’s not about win at all costs
Posted: 20 November 2018 Time: 16:00
Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter has given an indication of his intentions with this evening’s international friendly clash against Paraguay.
Bafana host the South American outfit for the return of the Nelson Mandela Challenge, which this year celebrates the former president’s 100th birthday, at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban this evening (19h00).
Having drawn with Nigeria in their recent 2019 AFCON qualifier over the weekend, Baxter is set to reshuffle his side as he looks to give fringe players and youngsters a run out.
“It is fitting that in the name of Mandela, whose passion was to develop the youth, that we get valuable international experience and prepare some of our players for the future,” said Baxter.
“The main priority for Nigeria was to win the game. With this one [against Paraguay], we are looking more on the development side.
“But we will also play to win, although it should not be win at all costs. In our team selection, we will ask youngsters to play – [looking at] a balance between winning and development.”
The British tactician also stressed the importance of the fixture as he looks to fully exploit the final international break for 2018, before they reassemble in March next year for their must-win final AFCON qualifier away to Libya.
“These types of games are important because we experiment,” he added.
“We take the criticism if we don’t win but the main agenda is that we need to broaden the squad and give youngsters experience, which will be invaluable going forward.”