JOHANNESBURG – Stuart Baxter is optimist that Bafana Bafana will have what it takes to get a point from Libya when the two teams clash in the last round of group stage matches of the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifiers. The match will be played at Stade Taieb Mhiri in Sfax, Tunisia, on Sunday, March 24.
Bafana are second in group B, a point behind log leaders Nigeria, and need at least a draw against Libya to progress to the Afcon tournament which will be held in Egypt in June.
The South Africans travel to Tunisia, a neutral venue because of the political unrest in Libya, under immense pressure considering they failed to qualify for the previous edition in 2017.
Speaking at Safa House yesterday, where he announced his squad for this important encounter, Baxter emphasised that he selected players on merit and not popular opinions.
“It was a difficult squad to select because many of the players that we wanted were not as active as we’ve had liked them to be,” Baxter said.