Baxter left to ponder after poor Bafana flop
Makeshift South African team‚ cobbled together to defend their Cosafa Castle Cup crown‚ now have to play in the losers’ plate competition
None of the fringe players given a chance to wear the national team jersey and stake a claim for more regular international football made any impression on new coach Stuart Baxter in the disappointing 1-0 loss to Tanzania at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace on Sunday. The makeshift South African team‚ cobbled together to defend their Cosafa Castle Cup crown‚ flopped in their opening game and now have to play in the losers’ plate competition‚ starting with Botswana at the Moruleng Stadium on Tuesday (kickoff 5pm). Such was the poverty of the performance from the South Africans‚ Baxter said candidly afterwards: "No one really put their hand up. Maybe only [Riyaad] Norodien. I thought he did well. "From our point of view, it was a disappointing evening, but it was more about getting information. So, I’ll have to satisfy myself with information rather than the result." Caught between a rock and hard place‚ the Cosafa Castle Cup is an assignment he could have done without and while the t...