Baxter reacts to defeat
Baxter reacts to lacklustre AFCON opener
Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter, though insisting that his men were still up for the challenge in their remaining two matches at the Africa Cup of Nations, pinpointed his areas of concerns in the 1-0 defeat to Ivory Coast on Monday.
Jonathan Kodjia scored the only goal of the match, leaving South Africa with the tough plan of having to avoid another loss against Namibia on Friday and Morocco in their final Group D encounter here in Egypt.
“I thought the start of the game, the first 15 minutes, we were quite slow in our decision making and, in a way, we allowed them to come into a better rhythm. We were quite poor to transmit the ball from the back to the front,” Baxter said in his post-match assessment.
“I thought we settled down and started to move the ball more quickly between the lines – the rest of the half we looked promising. I think we deal with them quite well and it was an even game. The second half was the same, and I think the heat affected both teams, the tempo dropped and I thought we were comfortable in the game. We were playing better football that we did in the opening stages.”