South Africa coach, Baxter vows to frustrate Super Eagles in Uyo
Jun 06 2017 at 07:24pm
Head coach of the South African national team, Stuart Baxter, has said he plans to frustrate the Super Eagles of Nigeria, when both teams meet this Saturday in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Uyo.
Baxter also admitted that they have had little time to prepare for the clash, unlike Gernot Rohr’s squad that just returned from camping in Paris, France.
“We have got very little time (to prepare) in comparison to Nigeria’s three weeks in France in training camps. We have very little time and so we need to maximise (our training).
“The reports I got from Nigeria (from his scout) is that offensively they are very strong‚ defensively they all work very hard.
“They are on a good run of results‚ so they look very confident.
“So the way we are going to play is very‚ very much to try and be the biggest problem we can be‚ to be the nightmare that they do not want.
“I think that sometimes it is about maybe not playing your best move but playing the move that your opponent doesn’t want.
“So we are not fazed and we respect the Nigerians because they have quality in their team and they are on a long run of unbeaten games.
“But the meeting we had (on Sunday with the players) showed that we do not feel that we are just going there to make up the numbers. Far from it,” Baxter said.