Stuart Baxter, coach of South Africa during the 2018 Nelson Mandela Challenge Press Conference at the Monte Casino, Johannesburg on 12 November 2018 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix
Wednesday Mar 27, 2019. 13:00
Bafana Bafana head coach Stuart Baxter believes his side shouldn't fear any country heading into the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations later this year.
South Africa booked their ticket to Egypt with a 2-1 win over Libya this past weekend, to end the qualifying campaign unbeaten.
Bafana Bafana notably recorded a 2-0 win over Nigeria in Uyo in the opening round of qualifying, and Baxter feels that this serves among the reason's to why the 1996 AFCON champions should be confident of beating any nation at the upcoming showpiece.
"I don't want to say this and bring pressure onto the players, but I don't think this squad of players that we have at the moment should fear anybody," Baxter said on South Africa's arrival at OR Tambo Airport on Tuesday.
"I will be saying to them that no matter who is on the other side of the field, we can beat them.
"I don't think Nigeria will be scared of anybody and we just beat them and drew with them, and I think that my players can go there without any fear.
"There will always be expectations but we've got to make a friend of that."
South Africa are likely to be seeded in Pot 3 for the AFCON draw, which could subsequently cough up a tough group for Baxter's troops including possibly both hosts Egypt and Morocco.