SA coach Stuart Baxter directs his players
Tuesday Jul 18, 2017. 11:30
Just after registering a 2-0 win over Botswana in the 2018 CAF African Championships Qualifiers on Saturday, Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter says the match was a tightly contested affair.
Two goals courtesy of Ryan Moon and Gift Motupa ensured the South Africans claimed the victory in Gaborone ahead of the return leg next weekend.
Although they are reportedly stuck in Botswana due to flight problems, Bafana are set to proceed to Rustenburg to set up camp for the second leg.
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"It was a hard-fought game, even though I thought we had a good control of the game for the 90 minutes," Baxter said.
"Botswana played well with the ball, and we knew that away from home we needed to take a result back to South Africa.
“Once we scored the goal it became a question of can they pick their way through us when we are organised or can we hit them when they are a little bit disorganised, and, if I am being honest, we were closer to getting another goal than they were to reducing the deficit."
The return leg will be staged on Saturday at Moruleng Stadium at 15:00 (CAT) as both sides will want to book a spot in the tournament in Kenya.