Baxter: Masango needs confidence

Masango recently joined Matsatsantsa on a six-month loan deal from Danish club Randers FC, and was immediately handed his club debut in their 5-2 drubbing of Golden Arrows on Wednesday evening.

However, the Bafana Bafana winger struggled to make an impact in the first-half, which saw the players head down the tunnel at 0-0, and was subsequently substituted at the start of the second period.

READ: SuperSport thump blunt Arrows

Baxter admits that he will need to work on building Masango’s confidence before he starts to produce the impact that the coach believes he is capable of.

“[The key] is to try and make him [Masango] confident. It’s the same with you [journalists], it’s the same with me, it’s the same with everybody,” said Baxter. “We perform better when we’re happy.

“You perform better if you feel a little love around the place. You perform better if you feel you understand what people expect from you. Footballers are no different from you and me.

“I’m sure that you guys perform better when you’ve got that. If someone’s saying that, ‘if you make a mistake, we’re going to come and hit you on the head with a stick’, then I’m sure your work is not that great.

“So obviously, I’m just going to get Mandla back in a good head space, give him a clear role and encourage him as much as I can.”

The Absa Premiership log leaders will on Sunday face Madagascan outfit Elgeco Plus in their first-leg preliminary round CAF Confederation Cup clash, which Masango will miss as he arrived a month after the registration period for the continental competition closed.