South Africa coach Baxter left disappointed after draw with Libya

South Africa coach Baxter left disappointed after draw with Libya
Rabia Ramadan Alsshadi of Libya challenged by Keagan Dolly of South Africa during the 2019 African Cup Of Nations Qualifier match between South Africa and Libya at the Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban on 08 September 2018 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

by Austin Ditlhobolo

Sunday Sep 09, 2018. 12:00

South Africa head coach Stuart Baxter was disappointed by his side's performance in the second-half against Libya.

Bafana Bafana were held to a 0-0 draw by the Meditteranean Knights in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier (Group E) in Durban on Saturday afternoon.

“I thought it was a very good game of football. It was a good advert for African football. But we weren’t really true to ourselves in the second half," Baxter told the media.

“We changed it because we had three central midfielders in the first half. Neither of them were really getting up alongside Percy (Tau). So even though we penetrated down the flanks, we didn’t have enough bodies in the box,” he continued.

In-form SuperSport United striker Bradly Grobler was introduced by Baxter in the second-half, but the Libyan defence stood firm.

“So, in the second half I decided to bring Bradley on to attack the crosses better and put Vila in the 10 and Percy on the flank," he added.

“I thought we were a bit weak in terms of securing the ball. Once we had won the ball, very often we turned the ball back to them because they were a bit stronger, so a bit disappointing with that," the Englishman said.

“But I thought the players worked very hard and I don’t think we can complain about that."

The draw saw Bafana remain second on the Group E standings with two games played, while Libya also remained at the top of the table.

South Africa will host Seychelles in their Group E game in October 2018, while Libya will be away to Nigeria.

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