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Baxter happy, but warns against complacency 23/08/04
Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter says that he was pleased with Bafana Bafana's performance in their win over Tunisia, however he has cautioned the players not to become overconfident.

The English-born coach rightly pointed out that next month's World Cup qualifier against the Democratic Republic of Congo in Kinshasa will be an entirely different ball game due to the hostile crowds that are likely to be present as well as the importance of the game.

There were, however, a number of positive aspects to come out of the game.

"I was pleased because it was an away game and South African teams have had a history of not travelling too well. But I wasn't surprised by the way we performed because I know what this team is capable of," Baxter is reported as saying in the Sunday Times.

"We are not the finished article, but I want to see us stretching out our opponents like we did and maintaining our structure throughout the match."

He also singled out new-boys Tyren Arendse and Thando Mngomeni for their good showings.

"I was pleased with him (Arendse) and also with Thando Mngomeni, who nearly scored with his first touch. Thando is an interesting player because he can change our shape, playing as a shadow striker."


The coach also had words of praise for the Orlando Pirates playmaker, Bennedict Vilakazi, who in his 11th game for his country, had arguably his best game.

"I thought Vilakazi was one of our best players. His performance proves that if you are a good player that's it, and it has nothing to do with where you play your football," said Baxter in reference to the foreign versus local-based player debate.

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