Baxter praises Tau's attitude after Ghana friendly
Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter has singled out Percy Tau’s attitude after a test with Ghana in Dubai.
The South Africans faced the Black Stars last Saturday where they played to a goalless draw.
“It is our first game and so we played everybody in the squad and to draw 0-0 with the Black Stars when we have rotated the whole team, I think it is fair. So an exercise yes, we would like to win but I think we achieved what we wanted to achieve,” Baxter told SAFA’s website.
“I looked at the team and I thought there are certain players who put their hands up and there are some players who might have weakened their case. I thought the players one think should be in the starting line-up, most of them did well.”
Practice match played on Saturday, 15 June 2019 at Dubai Police Academy.— Bafana Bafana (@BafanaBafana) June 15, 2019
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“I am always impressed with Percy (Tau) because his attitude is spot on. We asked him to play a slightly different role today and our midfield players and defenders didn’t really defend the way we wanted them to do, meaning Percy had to drop back. But the second half, we defended better and that is why the likes of Lebogang Maboe and Themba Zwane were more dangerous up the field. We didn’t do that in the first half.”
Bafana’s next and final friendly preparation is against Angola in Egypt, before the South Africans kick off their AFCON campaign against the mighty Ivory Coast on Monday, June 24.
“We are not fully ready but we will be. We have another game against Angola and then with the trainings we have in between before the Ivory Coast game, we should then be ready,” he added.