Stuart Baxter unsure if Bafana talk is affecting his players as SuperSport reel from Sundowns rout


Baxter, who is in talks with SAFA regarding the vacant Bafana Bafana job, watched on in disbelief last night as his side were hammered 5-0 by champions Mamelodi Sundowns.

"It's difficult to quantify that," Baxter said when asked if his charges have been affected by his negotiations with SAFA.

"I have tried to work normally, I think I have. I can't get into the heads of the players and say they are anxious or some of them are glad to hear the news, I don’t know. I can't tell, it's difficult to quantify. Probably there is an element of that as well."

Meanwhile, the Briton said the only other time he was on the wrong side of a 5-0 scoreline was at Camp Nou against European giants Barcelona.

"All in all I would have to look at that very long and hard, look at myself very long and hard and hope also the players do that and try to come up with a response to that.

"I have conceded five goals twice in my career now. It was against Bracelona at Camp Nou and now I have conceded against Sundowns. Both times we were totally outclassed."

The defeat leaves Matsatsantsa eight points adrift of log leaders Cape Town City, but with a match in hand.

Baxter's men next host Liberian side Barrack Young Controllers in the second leg of their African Confederation Cup play-off tie on Sunday, with the teams locked at 1-1