- Bafana Bafana head coach Stuart Baxter has explained why he decided to include Thapelo Morena in his current squad
- The Mamelodi Sundowns wingback has been overlooked by Baxter on several occasions
- Baxter said Morena’s selection was based on his strategy going into the matches against Seychelles
Bafana Bafana head coach Stuart Baxter has explained why he chose to include Thapelo Morena in his current squad which will play two crucial African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier matches against Seychelles later this month.
The Mamelodi Sundowns wingback has been overlooked by Baxter on several occasions despite seemingly being at the top of his game. Baxter said Morena’s selection was based on the strategy and style of play he wanted to implement against the Islander.
Baxter said in the past he felt that Morena had been part of a Mamelodi Sundowns team which dominated which allowed Morena to mostly play from the front.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Baxter said this style of play was not something he previously considered for Bafana Bafana but that had changed for the matches against Seychelles.
KickOff.co.za reported that Baxter said he was looking at implementing a different playing style in the upcoming matches against the Island nation. Baxter said Morena would give him the flexibility to play in the opponents half of the field rather than being pinned back.
Baxter said he believed this new style of play was 100% suited to Morena’s style of play and what the player was accustomed to do at club level.
This points to Baxter wanting to implement a more attacking style of play against Seychelles in a bid to secure two wins which would see South Africa almost guaranteed a place in the AFCON tournament next year.
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