South Africa coach Baxter impressed by Banyana
Monday Jan 22, 2018. 18:30
South Africa head coach Stuart Baxter was impressed with the performance of the Banyana Banyana.
Baxter was among the crowd at the Cape Town Stadium to watch the international friendly match between the South African Senior women’s national team and their counterparts from Sweden.
Banyana Banyana went down 3-0. The match was played on Sunday, 21 January in front of a good crowd.
According to the South African Football Association (SAFA) website, Baxter visited Banyana Banyana in the dressing room after the match.
“I can see you are not happy with the result, and I share your sentiments. It is not a great result but on the side of performance you gave your all. You were at times better than them but only in patches. But remember there are other factors that come into play – they have been doing this from an early age, so their development is far ahead than yours. They play in a professional league, you last played a match in October – but be that as it may, you still gave a good performance,” said Baxter.
“You must pat yourselves on the back for that kind of performance, and to change the result you will have to give a little bit more of yourselves, maybe 10 percent more. I must say I am impressed with the work done by Desiree and her technical team, and it showed on the field. A little more push and you be able to better compete with the likes of Sweden. It is also quite pleasing to hear that you are going to the Cyprus Cup where you will meet such opposition, because the more you play them, the better you will get. Sorry about the results, but a great performance.”
Also attending the match was Prince Phillip and Prince Sofia of Sweden, Mayor of Cape Town Patricia De Lille, as well as several Premier Soccer League players and Springbok players.
Banyana Banyana will next play at the Cyprus Women’s Cup, which runs from 26 February to 7 March. It involves 12 selected women’s national teams from around the world.