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Baxter not taking COSAFA Cup lightly


Cape Town – Bafana Bafana head coach Stuart Baxter
believes that after watching some of the matches in the 2018 COSAFA Cup, they will have to prepare for a very tough battle.

The South Africans have been in camp since
Saturday, May 26 to prepare for the competition, which is currently underway in
Polokwane.

The hosts will not be in action at the
tournament until the quarter-finals which starts on Sunday, 3 June. Bafana will
face the winners of Group A following a bye in the first round.

Madagascar, Mozambique, Comoros and
Seychelles are in Group A, while Botswana, Angola, Mauritius and Malawi make up
Group B.

“The pressure to get the result is the
same, whenever the national team gets together everyone expects you to win,”
said Baxter as quoted by SAFA website.

“The week together gives us a little bit of
time before the start of the tournament. Getting these players together and to
have seven days on top for preparations, is already a victory – if they can
kick on now and gel a little bit, it could be a good tournament for us for a
change.”

Despite not knowing their opposition, the
Bafana Bafana mentor is preparing for a tough battle ahead.

“The games have been very interesting, and
some of them very physical, something that we saw when we played the COSAFA Cup
last time. It seems people wind up for this sort of games and they don’t take
them lightly,” said Baxter.

“I was surprised by the Mozambique vs
Madagascar clash – I thought the former would be a little bit better
(Madagascar won 1-0), and in the Seychelles vs Comoros encounter, the latter
was better than what people expected, but we will watch again to see who we
will face in the quarter-final.

“In that group, no matter who we play, it
is going to be a tough game and very hectic, so we have to make sure that we
are prepared for that.”

South Africa and the winners of Group A will
lock horns on Sunday, June 3.

Kick-off is at 15:00.

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