- Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter has hinted at a change of tactics for their knockout match against Egypt on Saturday
- Bafana have shown a reluctance to attack thus far, but Baxter feels they now have nothing to lose
- Egypt are also under pressure from their supporters due to some uninspiring displays
Mzansi was getting ready to retract the red carpet and slam Bafana Bafana as their loss to Morocco left them on the brink of an early exit from Afcon 2019.
However, luck has been on their side as they still managed to scrape through as the fourth-best third-placed team.
The tournament format has certainly favoured them as a meagre three points would normally result in immediate elimination.
Bafana now face tournament hosts, Egypt, on Saturday in the round of 16.
Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter therefore feels the team has nothing to lose as they’ve already been written off by most football followers.
Briefly.co.za gathered that the coach is happy to go into the contest as the underdog.
Baxter said, "To be brutally honest I'm happy about that‚" [However] I don't think there's anyone in our dressing room who is expecting Egypt to win.”
TimesLIVE reported that Baxter has hinted at a more attacking approach as they look to upset the Pharaohs.
He said, "You know‚ if we're going to get beaten‚ let's get beaten with the flag high‚ not going there apologising."
Another factor in Bafana’s favour is that the Egyptian people haven’t warmed up to coach Javier Aguirre.
As a result of some uninspiring performances, the Egyptian national team is under pressure and this could be the ideal time for Bafana to pounce.
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