Baxter explains picking Chiefs’ Rama & Cardoso
Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter answered to his decisions to include Ramahlwe Mphahlele and Daniel Cardoso in his AFCON 2019 squad.
The doubts over the Chiefs duo come after being part of an Amakhosi defensive line that conceded 29 goals in 30 league games.
But Baxter has said his decision was focused on the pair’s characteristics and abilities to play in multiple areas.
“When you pick a squad, you want to make sure that you’ve got some good characters in the dressing room, that will their arm around people and talk and say ‘hey, don’t worry keep going’. Daniel Cardoso is that sort of person,” Baxter told Kick Off.
“He can play right back, so he is versatile. He gives us an option there.
“So it’s about balancing the squad, both in terms of where we can fill if we can get injuries and also in terms of his character. I think Daniel Cardoso is a very good professional. He is not the sexiest player in the PSL in terms of being easy on the eye and playing, but he is a competitive footballer.”
On Rama, Baxter reasoned: “Very similar to Cardoso. We’ve got Joel [Unteresee] and Nick [Tavares] who can also play right back, and we’ve also got Thami Mkhize.
“If suddenly passports don’t arrive [for Untersee and Tavares], then Rama is the experienced player that we know will not be fazed by anything,” concluded the Briton coach.
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