Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter has bemoaned the South African Football Assocation’s (SAFA) planning ahead of AFCON 2019.
Baxter is set to fly his team out to Abu Dhabi where the team will spend a week training, including a friendly test against Ghana. But the 65-year-old has not been precisely happy with the programme…
"It's too much last minute. It's too much being at the last minute trying to solve all the problems," Baxter told BBC Sport.
The ex-Chiefs coach then turned to the thinking behind his Sunday’s final AFCON 2019 squad listing - making a special mention of why he excluded Cape Town City’s Kermit Erasmus.
Erasmus in action for City in the PSL.
"I told the players when we selected the squad of 27 players whether or not they are at the Afcon, I hope they see it as a massive boost to their careers," Baxter continued.
"I told Kermit that I think he just really got his career back on track at Cape Town City, and I wanted to tell him he is doing well by inviting him to the squad.”
"Until the last day he has been in with a good chance, I just think I have cover in those positions, and I had to pick players who can cover at centre back. That tilted the scales a bit.”
Baxter in training with Bafana.
"I hope he sees it like that, and with the other two lads it is the same. We have more experienced,” Baxter concluded.
Bafana’s friendly against Ghana this Saturday will be followed by another practice against Angola in Egypt, before June 24’s opener against Ivory Coast.
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