Baxter Hopeful of key players for Eagles
The head Coach of the Bafana Bafana of South Africa,Stuart Baxter, is hopeful that the duo of Ronwen Williams and Thulani Serero will be fully fit for Saturday’s 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying fixture against the Super Eagles of Nigeria.
Baxter who had been under intense pressure due to injuries to several of his key players ahead of the crucial encounter billed for the FNB Stadium, Johannesburg.
Williams, who is Bafana Bafana’s second choice goalkeeper behind Itumeleng Khune and influential midfielder, Serero, who plays for Dutch side, Vitesse Arnhem, are both nursing injuries but Baxter is confident they will recover in time for the game.
The likes of Dean Furman, Bongani Zungu, Keagan Dolly, Sibusiso Vilakazi, Bradley Grobler and Kamohelo Mokotjo are also nursing injuries and are not called up for the game.
Speaking to Reporters ahead of the the game,the Bafana Bafana head coach who had defeated the super eagles by 2 goals to nil in matchday 1 in Nigeria,stated that he his still hopefully that key players will be fit ahead of Saturday’s game.
“We had two scares, Ronwen Williams has a slight knee strain, so he won’t train for 48 hours but we think he’s going to be ok. Thulani Serero has an ankle gash, had stitches, but should be in full training tomorrow.” Baxter told reporters on Monday.
Baxter also confirmed that all 23 players invited for the game are now in camp and will begin full training for the game on Tuesday.
Bafana are currently second in Group E, with eight points from four games, and need just three more points to guarantee their qualification to next year’s showpiece in Cameroon.
Nigeria tops the Group E with 9 points.