- The Bafana coach is under extreme pressure for the team to win their upcoming match against Libya
- They need at least one more point to qualify
- This comes after a disappointing 2018 for the team, which saw them failing to qualify for the FIFA World Cup
Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter has said that he will resign if the team fails to qualify for the upcoming African Cup of Nations.
This comes after increasing pressure on Baxter to ensure that the team performs, despite Bafana doing relatively well in its last string of games.
In order to make it into Afcon, Bafana needs at least one point from their final qualifier against Libya, so the team's future - and Baxter's - depends on the match.
However, Baxter added that he was optimistic about the match considering that South Africa now had three extra days in which to prepare for it.
This comes as a result of the Premier Soccer League agreeing to postponed certain games ahead of Bafana's crucial Libya match, according to eNCA.
The coach also said that some of Bafana's players, including Bongani Zungu, Keegan Dolly and Dean Furman, might be able to play against Libya. Previously, they had all missed games due to injuries.
All of this suggests that Baxter and the team are cautiously hopeful about 2019. Their previous year started off well, with a 2–0 win against Senegal, but Bafana's performance quickly deteriorated. In a major disappoint for the team, they failed to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Currently, Bafana holds the number two position in their group for the Afcon qualifiers, but everything still hinges on their upcoming match.
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