Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter says his manne did well to stick to his plan in their 2-0 win over Botswana on Saturday.
Bafana overcame a determined Botswana in their Chan 2018 qualifier, with Baxter saying: “The players kept shape throughout the match and they knew what to do to win the match here in Botswana, which is difficult especially because we have just beaten them in the Cosafa, so I just think it is just impressive that the players have played in that way.
“They kept to the instructions very well.”
Goals from debutant striker Ryan Moon and Gift Motupa at crucial times saw the South Africans take control of the two-legged tie.
SA were feeling the heat early in the encounter and it took some tight defending to keep Bots from scoring when Moon shrugged off a defender before putting the ball in the net after 28 minutes.
That sparked Botswana into life and Bafana held on until Motupa made it 2-0 on 72 minutes when Stellenbosch FC midfielder Jamie Webber’s cross found Cole Alexander, who put the ball across goal for Motupa to score.
The visiting side was able to play out the remainder of the game without much issue as the Zebra’s fight died out.
The return match will take place in Rustenburg on Saturday, with the aggregate winner set to take on either Swaziland or Zambia in the final qualifying round ahead of next year’s Chan tournament in Kenya.