Bright future for SA football – Baxter

2013-02-12 13:04

Former Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter believes the national team are in a stronger position than was indicated by their last-eight exit at the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) tournament.

South Africa, the lowest ranked team in Group A, finished top of the table before they were knocked out in a penalty shoot-out against Mali in the quarterfinals.

“I didn’t see anything that was hysterically frightening,” Baxter said in the wake of Nigeria’s 1-0 victory over Burkina Faso in Sunday’s final.

“I don’t think we should look at the Afcon and say, ‘what a shame for us because we can’t do this and we can’t do that’.”

Baxter said strides were being made in improving the quality of local football, and he felt youth structures and talent identification were both being approached in the correct manner, which bode well for the future.

Bafana would remain a serious threat in the next few Afcon tournaments, he predicted, and could take heart from their performance as the 1996 champions reached the continental playoffs for the first time in 11 years.

“I certainly don’t think Nigeria showed us anything that we should be going out and working really hard at, to be like Nigeria,” Baxter said.

“If we do better with what is South African, we can go a long way.

“Rather than be inspired by Afcon, we should think we can be taking Afcon by the scruff of the neck in the next few years and shaking it.”

Baxter did not see anything groundbreaking during the tournament, and he believed Bafana had done well to stick to their own style.

With more luck in the spot-kick decider against Mali, they could have held their own in the latter stages of the competition.

“I don’t think we saw anything tactically that’s revolutionary, or that will inspire league coaches to go in different directions. I think quite the opposite,” he said.

“We’re working on a level here and I think Gordon (Igesund) and the boys were probably disappointed that the ball didn’t just fall for us in the penalty shoot-out so they could go on and have a crack at some of the other teams.”

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/Sport

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.