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Baxter backs out of Zambia clash

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It's all in Thabo Senong's hands

South Africa head coach, Stuart Baxter (left), has temporarily handed over the reins of Bafana Bafana to his assistant, Thabo Senong, for their clashes against high-riding Zambia in the first leg of the third and final round tomorrow in East London before the team heads for Ndola for the return match seven days later.

South Africa has been forced into a slight technical team reshuffle for the final round of the African Nations Championship (Chan) in East London tomorrow.

Head coach, Stuart Baxter, has temporarily handed over the reins to his assistant, Thabo Senong, for the last hurdle.

Bafana Bafana face high-riding Zambia in the first leg of the third and final round tomorrow in East London, before heading for Ndola for the return seven days later.

SA’s last participation in the tournament designed exclusively for footballers playing in their domestic leagues is certainly one to be forgotten after they were bundled out of the competition in the group stages on home soil three years ago.

Senong has, however, relished the opportunity of leading the team after stints with the Under-20 team, which he guided to the Fifa Under-20 World Cup in South Korea last May.

The 37-year-old who coached Amajita at the recent continental and global championship is wary of the danger posed by Chipolopolo, who easily brushed aside Swaziland 7-0 on aggregate to set up a meeting with their familiar foes.

“We need to be very careful against them (Zambia) as they have been doing well across all their age groups. The first result at home will go a long way because the return leg in Zambia will be even harder. We need to do well here at home and avoid making it difficult for ourselves in Zambia,” he said.

African News Agency