By Robert Matakanye,
Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter saw lots of positives from his squad after the Thursday practice game in which he tried what might be his preferred starting 11.
Without giving much away with one day to go before the crunch game against the Super Eagles of Nigeria, the Bafana Bafana coach said he had an idea of his starting line up although one or two changes might still come to mind.
“I have an idea of what I need to do although there might be one or two changes and I also need to fine tune a few areas ahead of Saturday’s game. But I must say that I was very happy with the training today”. He told journalists today.
He said Thulani Serero, who carries a lot of the home crowd expectations on his shoulders had been very comfortable on the ball although he was tentative in the beginning.
He said if the boys can replicate the determination and professionalism they showed in Uyo where they stunned the home team with a dazzling show, the visitors might have a game on their hands.
“We need to stifle them and not give them any momentum. The players need to relax at the right time and be aggressive at the right time. I don’t believe the ongoing heat wave will be an issue for either side. After all, most of Nigeria players play overseas”.
The Bafana Bafana coach once again rallied the South African football fans to turn out in their numbers on Saturday to create an intimidating atmosphere on the day. “We definitely need a good crowd like what greeted us in Uyo in the reverse fixture. Truth is a small crowd won’t be an advantage to us,” he said.
He asked his players to adjust quickly to different situations and take one moment at a time adding they must focus and remain professional all the time. The match kickoff is at 15:00