Baxter ready for Bafana challenge

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The new coach in an interview with the BBC yesterday vowed to give Nigeria "a game" when the two teams clash at the stadium that is now a favourable hunting ground for the Super Eagles. "But I've prepared, and I hope we will be ready for it".

Speaking for the first time since his appointment as a replacement for Shakes Mashaba, Baxter said he is pleased that there seems to be a better sense of teamwork in football than there was when he initially arrived.

Acknowledging that he took note of the reaction that accompanied his return to Safa House‚ Baxter said he hoped the nation's soccer lovers would get behind the national team ahead of the hard 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Nigeria in June.

England-born Stuart Baxter was officially unveiled as South Africa coach on May 15 on a five-year contract and said winning was all that mattered.

"We need to be competitive and players will do it the South African way".

He will however continue to coach Premier Soccer League side SuperSport United until the end of the season.

"While I know that this position goes with a lot of criticism, I also believe that if we work together as a country and take out all the negativity we can get somewhere".

"I'm really looking forward to this latest challenge".

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Baxter shared what he says are his short and long term goals.

Asked at a media conference in Soweto if he would encourage players to nutmeg opponents in the South African penalty area, he replied: "No, I would not".

"I will be going overseas to watch players who ply their trade there".

Less than one month to the 2019 AFCON Qualifiers against Nigeria's Super Eagles, South African coach, Start Baxter has admitted that playing Nigeria at home is a big challenge for him in his return to Bafana Bafana. They will get a fair chance.

South Africa did appear at the 2010 World Cup, but made unwanted history by becoming the first hosts not to reach the knockout stage.

South Africa have become one of the great underachievers in Africa since making a spectacular return to global football two decades ago.

The starting point for the coach is to receive all materials in preparation for the upcoming match against Nigeria on Saturday, June 10 in Uyo, Nigeria.

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