Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter aware of nation's expectations
Posted: 1 June 2018 Time: 19:30
Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter says there’s pressure to get results in the national team, no matter what tournament you are playing in.
While the Brit has selected a fairly young squad with the aim of building for the future, supporters will be expecting the team to do well in the COSAFA Cup and Baxter knows that very well.
Bafana will take on Madagascar in the quarterfinals on Sunday. Madagascar finished top of Group A on seven points, qualifying for the knockout phase ahead of Mozambique, Seychelles and the Comoros.
“The pressure to get results is the same no matter what. Whenever the national team gets together, if you fly to the ends of the earth and you’ve got two seconds to prepare they expect you to win. So that’s not going to be any different. The week together gives us a bit of time. I don’t think I’ve had a week with the national team anywhere in the world.”
Baxter also had his say on the scoring problem in South African football. Percy Tau and Rodney Ramagalela finished the season as joint-top scorers in the league with 11 goals.
“I think it’s a South African trait. And when I say it’s a South African trait, I don’t mean that as a criticism, saying that we have no goal scorers. Characteristics of South African football is our speed and mobility.
“I don’t think we use our speed optimally because our strikers, when we are in that moment of finishing we are still going too quick. We don’t slow down. We use the word composure, but our speed and mobility we love it when we play quick around the box. But when we have to finish we are moving to quickly. So the striker is out of balance and balloons the ball over the bar and we say ‘how can he do that?’ But we do it continually and I think we need to teach the players how to manage that speed.”