Cape Town - Bafana Bafana head coach Stuart Baxter has insisted that there
are no dead rubber games in the national team set up and would select the best starting XI for their final 2018 Soccer World Cup match against Senegal at the Stade Leopold Sedar Senghor in the capital Dakar.
"It is important to finish our campaign with a flourish," said Baxter as quoted by the official SAFA website.
are playing one of the biggest teams on the continent and this is a great stage
for players to show their mettle."
Looking back at Friday’s 2-0 defeat, Baxter said there were
positives to take away from that match as much as the result was not "what we
"Friday’s match showed we can match the best on the
continent," Baxter said.
"It also showed we can be our own worst enemies at times.
Senegal against the ropes for most of the first half but failed to take our
"This has been our constant problem whether in the domestic
league or national level - failure to convert numerous scoring chances; and in
most cases you will be made to pay for it."
Baxter said the solution to this problem was to develop a
culture of being more consistent and more clinical in front of goals especially
when the team is enjoying good periods of play.
The national team coach said there were a number of
youngsters coming through the ranks and he was also encouraged by how the
country is developing their own playing identity and culture.
"But such progression is at times hampered by failure to get
results on the field of play on consistent basis; because winning games is what
qualifies you for tournaments,” he said, adding it was important to bring
through as many youngsters as possible.
"This was not the time to despair but to continue working
hard and persevere. There is an urgent need though to quicken this process."
Meanwhile, the Bafana Bafana squad have already landed safely in Senegal for their final qualifying match against The Lions of Teranga.
Kick off is at 21:30 (SA time) on Tuesday, November 14.