VIDEO: STUART BAXTER, SOUTH AFRICA’S COACH TARGETS FIRST MINUTE PENALTY AGAINST NIGERIA

VIDEO: STUART BAXTER, SOUTH AFRICA’S COACH TARGETS FIRST MINUTE PENALTY AGAINST NIGERIA

BY KUNLE SOLAJA.

 

In apparent jest of the way Nigeria defeated Libya in Uyo last month, South Africa’s coach, Stuart Baxter said his team might also get a first minute penalty kick.

Responding to a question on why he was confident in the impending fixture with Nigeria, Baxter, in a video clip on the official website of South African Football Association (SAFA) spoke about the possibility of early penalty kick award.

“The referee can give us a penalty in the first minute…” said the coach who also banked on history to support his confident posture. He is the only coach to have handled South Africa to beat the Super Eagles.

“Being confident means I trust the players I have worked with. I know they have the desire to qualify. They know that Nigeria are a top class team and will also be desirous to get results”, said Baxter.

Continuing, the coach said the game would last 90 minutes plus and that it takes just a second to score a goal. “We have the applications and focus to deliver”, he asserted.

A win or draw by Nigeria delivers a ticket to the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, even with a home match to spare. If South Africa loses the match, qualification could be in jeopardy if Libya defeats Seychelles in the other match of  the group.

South Africa’s last match will be away to Libya in March 2019.

 

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