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Baxter still have faith that Bafana Bafana can qualify for the World Cup

Bafana Bafana will play one of their most important games in recent history when they face Senegal in their 2018 Fifa World Cup qualifier replay in Limpopo on 11 November.

Said Baxter: “We have only one game and that is the first match at home to Senegal. We have to go all out and win. It will be a cup final for us. We know what is at stake. Everything else is hypothetical.

Bafana Coach “We cannot even think of the second game. All our focus, our energy is on winning our home match and then we will go to Senegal and put the knife at their throats.

“If we don’t win at home, we are out of the World Cup. It’s as simple as that.”Baxter was pleased with the way his players bounced back after two horror losses to Cape Verde by beating Burkina Faso 3-1 at the FNB Stadium recently.

Bafana have to play the Lions of Teranga in back-to-back matches with a possible place at the World Cup finals in Russia at stake.

Bafana head coach Stuart Baxter stressed that he was not yet thinking of the return clash against Senegal in Dakar on 14 November.

Baxter: “We need to reproduce that performance against Senegal. We performed great in beating Nigeria away (Africa Cup of Nations qualifier), and sandwiched between that and the Burkina Faso game were two really disappointing losses to Cape Verde.”

Bafana are still bottom of Group D with four points – four behind leaders Senegal.

Both Burkina Faso and Cape Verde are on six in the closely contested group, which is still wide open.

The Stallions host Cape Verde in Ouagadougou on 5 November in their final qualifier.

Added Baxter: “Against Cape Verde we took our eye off the ball, with people starting to talk about six points and going to Russia.”Bafana will be minus midfield kingpins Bongani Zungu and Andile Jali, who were outstanding against the Stallions, but midfield hard man Dean Furman will be back from suspension for them.

Meanwhile, Bafana have jumped six places in the Fifa world rankings to 74, but Baxter was not getting carried away: “I’m not one to place much emphasis on rankings. They can be misleading. But at the end of the day it is welcome to see us climb six places higher.”

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