By Isaac Ndou
Following their success in their friendly Four Nations Tournament in Zambia, the new Bafana Bafana looks well on course to be embarking on a new era full of character and energy.
Stuart Baxter and his youthful squad clinched the trophy after beating host nation Zambia 2-0 at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola on Saturday, with goals coming from youngsters Percy Tau of Mamelodi Sundowns and Lebogang Mothiba of Lille in France.
If it’s anything to go by, Baxter has something good going on and it’s just a matter of practice to make it perfect and the friendly tournament offered him that chance which he used to execute his ideas perfectly going forward in terms of Bafana’s future.
The future looks bright for the South African national team as it is now visible that the coach is building for the future by picking a team full of youngsters with so much to offer. Baxter decided against picking tried and tested names this time around and it worked out well for him.
Mothiba who is 22 years of age scored two goals in two matches for Bafana, with his second goal in the final coming just after a few minutes after replacing Tau. The Lille striker could be one target man Baxter can rely on going forward as he showed that he has a kettle of goals on offer.
Tau who has been putting stellar performances since finding his way into the national team is also a name capable of being one of South Africa’s great, considering he’s only turning 24 this year. The pacey forward is fearless of the international stage, something that is a good quality to have in a player.
Other young players such as Reeve Frosler (20), Motjeka Madisha (23), Phakhamani Mahlambi (20) and Ryan Moon (20) are undoubtedly ones for the future. Even Baxter himself will feel he is on the right track to building a team that will qualify for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.
The 2019 AFCON qualifiers resume in September this year, with South Africa already in deficit after losing to Nigeria in their opening qualifiers match last year.