Stuart Baxter rallies Bafana to go out swinging against Senegal in World Cup qualifying
Posted: 14 November 2017 Time: 08:01
Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter is urging his troops to give it their all in their final game of an unsuccessful World Cup qualifying campaign.
Bafana tonight face Senegal at Stade Leopold Sedar Senghor in Dakar (21h30 SA time), having surrendered any chance of booking a ticket to Russia 2018 with a 2-0 loss to the Group D winners in Polokwane on Friday.
Baxter's side are bottom of the pool with four points from five games - two points behind Cape Verde and Burkina Faso, and seven shy of the Teranga Lions.
"It is important to finish our campaign with a flourish. We are playing one of the biggest teams on the continent and this is a great stage for players to show their mettle," said Baxter.
“Let’s make a big push to achieve that,” he added.
The Brit feels Bafana's last outing showed the best and worst of his charges.
“Friday’s match showed we can match the best on the continent. It also showed we can be our own worst enemies at times. We had Senegal against the ropes for most of the first half but failed to take our chances.
“This has been our constant problem whether in the domestic league or national level – failure to convert numerous scoring chances; and in most cases you will be made to pay for it.”