CAIRO – After a long pause, Stuart Baxter replied with two words when asked if he knew what his future looks like after Bafana Bafana were eliminated in the quarter-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) by Nigeria.
The Super Eagles ended Bafana’s Afcon dreams with a 2-1 win at Cairo International Stadium on Wednesday. Bafana were woeful in the group stage, losing to Ivory Coast and Morocco.
Their win over Namibia helped them sneak into the last 16 where they produced their best performance to knock out hosts Egypt. They couldn’t emulate that performance against Nigeria even though the coach kept the same starting line-up.
“I would have liked to change a little bit for Nigeria but the confidence was so high after the Egypt game that if you change, you run the risk of players not being on board,” Baxter said.
“We went with the same type of game. We just didn’t drop off at the right times. We were chasing the ball and they were getting in between us.”