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

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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