Stuart Baxter hails Bafana Bafana's 6 star performance

Stuart Baxter hails Bafana Bafana's 6 star performance

South Africa produced an outstanding performance against minnows Seychelles in Group E action in the AFCON qualifiers to go top of the group.

Stuart Baxter

South Africa produced some scintillating football to win 6-0 at the FNB Stadium in Soweto with the likes of Percy Tau, Lebo Phiri, Dino Ndlovu and Tebogo Mokoena getting on the score-sheet.

The result saw Bafana register their biggest ever win since readmission surpassing the 5-0 win over Guatemala in a warm-up match at the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

The result takes Bafana to the top of Group E with 7 points from 3 games and take on Seychelles away on Tuesday evening.

Coach Stuart Baxter was a happy man after the win saying the performance was more pleasing than the scoreline.

“Yeah, a very good win. We can get carried away with the fact that we scored six goals, and say it was a good win because of six goals but that would be taking a lot away from the players’ performance,” said the Briton.

“To start with, you’re coming up against the underestimation factor which has not been our strong suit, so we worked very hard during the week to try and negate that.

“And then you score three goals in the first half in poor weather, and play some very good football, and then you’ve got to go out in the second half and put your foot to the floor again.

“When, at half-time, it’s very easy for players to relax and it becomes a 3-1  because they get an off-side goal or a penalty.

“So, I think the way the players played should be congratulated, maybe, more than the fact that we got six goals because they played very, very well.

“They were very well disciplined, they stuck to the game-plan and structure. The subs that went on did exactly what you would want them to do, and I just thought they all did a fantastic job.

“Yes, it’s a great win, but I think we should say it’s a great win for the right reasons.”

The other match in the group saw Nigeria thump Libya 4-0 with Odion Ighalo bagging a hattrick.

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