Bafana Bafana Coach Stuart Baxter says he is not concerned after crashed-out of Cosafa Cup because his idea is to use the tournament to develop young players.
Bafana Bafana have failed to advance into the semi-final of the Cosafa Cup after a 4-3 defeat through a penalty shoot-out by Madagascar in the quarter-final encounter played at Peter Mokaba stadium.
Bafana Bafana as they did last year in Rustenburg suffer the humiliation of going into the plate section. The plate section competition is played by teams that have been crashed-out in the quarter-final of the Cosafa Cup.
Bafana Bafana failed to maintain their unbeaten record against Madagascar. They were beaten by four goals to three through penalty shootout after played a goalless draw.
Coach Stuart Baxter says players will have an opportunity to learn. “The idea we had when we approach this tournament is still in place, the players will work, they will learn and will try to develop players. The reason why we didn’t have the big name players is because we want to invest international timing to the younger players.”
Baxter however says the Bafana Bafana team of youthful combination need more time together. “We didn’t do very well, we played too slowly, this young group need more time together, teams are tired they don’t have given players we have to try to form a strategy that is the major problem for us, that’s why we came with strategy to choose younger players.”
Some soccer fans say the humiliation of Bafana Bafana gives Zimbabwe a good chance to win. “Zimbabwe obvious, we are going for it. We were here to support Bafana Bafana. They had that chance to win against Madagascar but their striking force has disappointed us. We don’t want Madagascar to take that thing. We want it remain here in the Southern Africa. If it is not South Africa because South Africa have lost obvious it is Zimbabwe,” says one of the fans.
Bafana Bafana will play against Botswana in the plate section.