Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter has revealed that Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger sent him texts after the Egypt win at AFCON 2019.
The South Africans got knockedout in the quarter-finals 2-1 by Nigeria, but it was the preceding game against Egypt that caught the world’s imagination.
Against all odds, Bafana faced a Mohamed Salah led Egypt in front of 75 000 fans - instead of folding to take a beating to one of the tournament’s favourites, Stuart Baxter’s team simply outsmarted and dominated Egypt for 90 minutes where the 1-0 win could have been a lot worse for the Pharaohs.
Well structured, organized, calm and creative in midfield as well as attack, Bafana sent Egypt out of their own party.
Expressing his disappointment on the team not getting enough love in their home country, Baxter made it known that the team was appreciated in Ethiopia and Europe.
“When we left Addis Ababa on our way to South Africa, they congratulated us with a cake. They made a big ceremony on the plane. They thought we had been unbelievable,” Baxter told SA journalists via Soccer Laduma TV.
“Jose Mourinho sent a text saying this was a performance you and the boys should be proud of. You know Arsene Wenger sent me a text, to say this was an un African performance and this was by no means derogatory in way shape or form,” Baxter added.
“Out there they think we were fantastic. But still [in South Africa] we say ‘let’s boycott Bafana.’ I don’t think that is founded, but I think it is founded in the bitterness of defeat,” Baxter concluded.
Meanwhile, the former Kaizer Chiefs and SuperSport United coach has said he will make a decision on his future once he arrives in Sweden for his break.