In a press conference that took place when Stuart Baxter and his Bafana Bafana team arrived home after their AFCON quarter-final loss to Nigeria on Wednesday, Stuart Baxter was asked to give a mark on his performance in the tournament.
“To rate my own job‚ I’ll never do that because that’s being pompous and blown up and I wouldn’t do that. If I was to stay in the job‚ it was because I think I could do the job properly.
“Without sounding arrogant‚ not one per cent of my self-esteem would come from questions like that asking me to give a mark on my own performance.”
LaLiga has unveiled LaLiga Space, its biggest-ever event in Egypt, to mark the kick-off of the 2019 AFCON in Cairo. Prominent LaLiga Ambassadors and legends of the modern game Samuel Eto’o and Fernando Morientes were at Cairo Festival City Mall to open the three-day event on Thursday afternoon and to meet with both local and international media.
Guests to the interactive space can try their hand at the LaLiga-themed games corner, check out the display of authentic LaLiga jerseys and even have their photos taken on a replica coaches’ bench and with the official LaLiga Santander trophy.
LaLiga’s global star Samuel Eto’o expressed his excitement to be part of the very first LaLiga Space in Egypt. “Egypt is once again leading the way in hosting crucial African and international events,” he said. “Cairo’s previous experience in organising events of this nature make it an ideal and exciting choice for all African teams and also LaLiga.” Moreover, he added that Egyptians and Africans, in general, share a genuine passion for football reflected in their daily routines.
Bafana Bafana lost against Ivory Coast in their first game in the AFCON 2019. Now Stuart Baxter and his team need a win on Friday night against our neighbours Namibia to have any chance of progressing to the next round. The Brit and his coaching staff need to make changes to their team that underperformed last Friday. Here are m top five changes Stuart Baxter needs to make for Bafana Bafana’s game against Namibia tonight:
Against the Ivory Coast, Bafana Bafana played a bit timid. A bit scared maybe. Or maybe they were playing to the instructions of the coach. Whatever it was, South Africa didn’t play as well as they could have. Even though they didn’t get a favourable result, Nambia were impressive in their 1-0 loss against Morocco. They are not here to make up the numbers, they are here to play. Bafana lost the first game and now are one loss away from an early flight back home. Stuart Baxter and his team need to go for it against Namibia because the Brave Warriors will be ready for them. Baxter should give the players freedom to express themselves and win or lose on their own terms.
In the past couple of months, Kaizer Chiefs have let go 8 players. On Wednesday they came out with a statement saying that might release one or two more. This is a cleanout which is long overdue. However, with all these players going out who are the players they are bringing. Remember Kaizer Chiefs is the biggest club in South Africa, they don’t only need signings to make up numbers in the squad but to compete for the league too.