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Baxter hopes for Bafana Bafana to continue their winning momentum against Zambia

By Marc Jacobson - Jun 13, 2017
Baxter hopes for Bafana Bafana to continue their winning momentum against Zambia

Bafana Bafana Head Coach, Stuart Baxter, announced that it will be important for his side to maintain winning momentum ahead of their international friendly against Zambia at the Moruleng Stadium on Tuesday night (19:00).

South Africa got off to one of the most opportunistic starts under Coach Baxter, when just on Saturday; they recorded a historical 2-0 win over Nigeria in their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Uyo.

This was only the second time in history that Bafana Bafana managed to topple the Nigerians in a total 12 games, but heading into second clash in the space of just three days, Baxter reiterates the importance for his side to swing over some ascendency moving forward.

“It is a process that we need to maintain against Zambia, because if we beat Nigeria and lose to Zambia then we will get the stick," Baxter told KickOff ahead of the friendly.

Although impressed with his side’s exceptional outing against the Super Eagles, Baxter emphasized that the game-play he saw is a ploy that the team needs to carry into all games.

"We have begun a process of developing something big. We need to maintain that pace against Zambia," Baxter said.

With this, he lauded his side’s midfield play and defence, while expressing the importance for the side to develop their own unique brand of soccer.

“We had that tenacity in defence and creativity in the midfield; this is the hallmark of South African style of football,” he said.

“But winning helps one develop, mentally and physically. It breeds confidence. I would like a team that also responds strongly to adversity. That is how great football nations are made,” he summed up.

Head-to-head, South Africa have played Zambia 14 times, while only winning four, losing six and drawing four.

The 2012 AFCON Champions Zambia have also just come off a 1-0 defeat to Mozambique on Saturday, so they will also look to redeem themselves against South Africa.