There was a time when Bafana Bafana had a seat at the continental football head table and were expected to brush past teams such as Seychelles without breaking a sweat. Any doubts those days are long gone were laid to rest this week when Bafana coach Stuart Baxter said his charges have such difficulty acquainting themselves with the so-called minnows that victory is not always a certainty. Memories of the home and away defeats to Cape Verde a year ago were seemingly still fresh in Baxter’s mind — Cape Verde upset Bafana 2-1 in Praia and repeated the trick with the same scoreline in Durban a few days later — as he announced the squad to face 189th-ranked Seychelles in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier at FNB Stadium next Saturday. ‘‘In terms of the group situation itself‚ I don’t think there’s anybody that really thinks historically we have been good at playing the so-called smaller nations‚" Baxter said. ‘‘That said, I don’t think that any of us — you‚ me and the player...

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