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Baxter hails Bartlett impact after Seychelles rout

Shaun Bartlett (TEAMtalk)
Shaun Bartlett (TEAMtalk)

Cape Town - Stuart Baxter has hailed the impact of assistant coach Shaun Bartlett after Bafana Bafana's comfortable win over Seychelles in an AFCON qualifier on Saturday at the FNB Stadium.

READ: As it happened: Bafana 6-0 Seychelles

Bafana Bafana put in a convincing display in a goal-scoring 6-0 rout over the islanders with the striking department clinically punishing the visitors.

Baxter revealed that Bartlett, who is South Africa's second most prolific goalscorer had been a huge influence on the strikers ahead of Saturday's win.

"Shaun had a conversation with all the strikers in terms of their finishing and when a top striker like Shaun gives you ideas that helps.

"Lebo Mothiba led the lines with his bullish play, being the Alan Shearer type of player.  He bullied the centre-backs who didn't have a moment of peace. I'm pleased with Lebo, his general attitude and also his work rate," Baxter said.

The 65-year-old said he wasn't thinking too far ahead in terms of clinching qualification to next year's AFCON tournament and is rather taking it one game at a time.

"I don’t want to think too much ahead, if we wrap it quickly (qualification for AFCON) the better but I don’t want to get too far ahead. Even if it goes down to the last game for us to seal qualification it is still nice."

Baxter's side lead Group E with seven points from three games followed by Nigeria with six points and Libya with four. Seychelles are yet to register a point.

Bafana arrived in Seychelles on Sunday afternoon following a 5-hour flight ahead of their clash at the Stade Linete on Tuesday.

Kick-off is at 15:30.

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