After suffering an embarrassing 2-1 defeat against Cape Verde at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban, Bafana Bafana’s chances of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup lies in shreds.
Many eyebrows raised after head coach Stuart Baxter selected a fairly defensive starting lineup but defended his decision by telling SuperSport TV, “I pick the team that I think is going to deliver on the day, and you make the substitutions that you think are well-timed. But whether they’re the right substitutions or not, is a matter of opinion.”
Continuing his post-match interview he admitted how “very, very disappointed” he was.
"We have to now rely on other results. We don't have it in our own hands. But still we need to make sure that we do our work first.
"That's what we tried to do tonight and that's what we'll try to do in the next two games," he added.
According to sport24, he retained his optimism, believing that “things can turn up” saying, "I know football is funny game and things can turn up. A door may open. I can't say I'm confident (we'll qualify) if I'm a realist.
"We'll try very hard to win the last two games and see what happens."
Here are the remaining Group D fixtures:
October 7: South Africa v Burkina Faso (Johannesburg), Cape Verde Islands v Senegal (Praia)
November 6: Burkina Faso v Cape Verde Islands (Ouagadougou), Senegal v South Africa (Dakar)