- Stuart Baxter has complained about the negativity of many of Bafana's fans
- This comes after some supporters were outraged at Bafana's loss to Ivory Coast
- Baxter says he has to shield his players from this negativity
Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter says he is unhappy with the negativity of many of the team's fans.
This comes after South Africa lost their opening Afcon match against the Ivory Coast.
The defeat triggered a harsh backlash from disappointed Bafana supporters.
South Africa's 1–0 loss to Ivory Coast marked the first time in 15 years that they have lost to the west African nation. It also made for a dismal Afcon start for Bafana.
"I think we need to get a touch of reality," Baxter said after some fans were devastated by the lost.
"That was a top class [Ivory Coast] team we were playing," he said, according to Sowetan Live.
"There's 56 million waiting to chop our heads off," Baxter added, referring to Bafana's fans.
Bafana will be taking on Namibia in their next Afcon match and the team is under immense pressure to walk away victorious. Already, some fans have said that they will disappointed unless Bafana snatches a decisive victory.
Baxter, however, says that this attitude is disrespectful toward the Namibian team.
"People are talking that now we will dismantle Namibia, which is totally disrespectful towards a team who have qualified for Afcon and ran Morocco very close," he said.
Additionally, Baxter complained that he had to shield his players from the negativity of their owns fans, Briefly.co.za has gathered.
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