Baxter: Stronger league, better teams

CAF Champions League

South African teams go big in this weekend's CAF clashes, with Mamelodi Sundowns and Bidvest Wits in CAF Champions League action against Kampala Capital City Authority and Al Ahly respectively.

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Meanwhile, in the CAF Confederation Cup, Supersport face Al Ahly Shendi of Sudan on Sunday while Platinum Stars need to score two goals without conceding when they host Vipers after losing 1-0 in Uganda.

Domestic clubs were heavily criticised in the past few years for not prioritising club tournaments in Africa, but things seem to have taken an upturn, highlighted by Sundowns' continental conquest last year.

And Baxter, who has been tipped with taking over the Bafana Bafana reins, says the reason why South African teams are slowly climbing the ladder is because the league is getting better and the experience gained in the past in Africa sojourn is now bearing fruit.

"I think Orlando Pirates did very well two years running, Mamelodi Sundowns have gone and done it very well," the former Bafana Bafana coach gives his opinion.

"I'm not sure about the sort of theory that 'we are taking it more seriously now'; I don't think so. I think, with everything you get, more experienced, I think we weren't out there thinking we could play our football the way we do and suddenly it's bing, bang and you're out.

"I think you've got to expect the unexpected and I think when we go out now and we are a bit more flexible. I think we are better tactically, I think the league is getting stronger and I think the league, and us as the country, we want to show that.

"We don't want to go out before the group stages, we want South African teams showing the South African flag colours. I think it's just been maybe a slight change of attitude, but it's been through experience, not through 'we were not bothered before and now we're bothered', I don't think is that simple."

If all South African teams go through to the next rounds of these two competitions, it will mark a new dawn for PSL teams, with that feat yet to be achieved in any given season.

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