JOHANNESBURG – Stuart Baxter is adamant that Bafana Bafana are not one of the favourites for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations title, but he is confident that his team will hold their own against the best on the continent.
Bafana made a meal of what started out as a good qualifying campaign after they beat Nigeria away for the first time in a competitive match.
But, as usual, they struggled to beat lesser-known teams which led to them being the last team to book a ticket to Egypt even though they were in a group that also featured Libya and the Seychelles.
Their unbeaten run during qualifying has given the side confidence going into a tough group that features two-time African champions Ivory Coast, one of the tournament favourites Morocco and neighbours Namibia.
“This is a team in reconstruction,” Baxter said. “This is a team that okay, we haven’t lost in a year and a half - that’s encouraging, but to call us one of the favourites would be ridiculous. I think that you’ve got Cameroon, Egypt, Ghana, Ivory Coast and Morocco who will all feel that they’ve got a much better chance than us.