Baxter on Bafana’s first training session in Tunisia ahead of Libya game.
Bafana Bafana held their first training session at the El Menzahl stadium in Tunis, Tunisia on Monday morning ahead of their crunch African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier against Libya in Sfax on Sunday evening (18:30). The 10 players who were traveling from South Africa with the technical team met the overseas based players yesterday in Frankfurt, Germany and they flew together to Tunis yesterday morning. The Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns players who were coming from CAF Champions League matches in Guinea Conakry and Casablanca, Morocco respectively, flew directly to Tunis. A draw will be enough for Bafana to qualify for Egypt. The conditions going to this game favour Baxter’s normal game plan perfectly. The Briton is a coach who likes playing on the counter especially on the road, after all this is how he managed Bafana’s first ever win in Nigeria two years ago. Baxter is clear that they will not go there to park the bus. The Libyans are a difficult team at Stade Taieb Mhiri stadium in Sfax, an area which is only 300km from the Libyan boarder and 520km from Tripoli. They have to play their games at a neutral venue due to the political unrest at home. A clean sheet going to this game is also key, under Itumeleng Khune the team had only conceded one goal in five matches and remains the only unbeaten team in Group E but second to Nigeria. With Khune out on a long term injury, it’s now down to Darren Keet and Ronwen Williams and Baxter was asked about who is the front runner for the number one jersey for this crucial encounter.