FRUSTRATION: South Africa coach Stuart Baxter

But he is standing by his vuilbek because that was the only way he could get the officials to listen to his appeal as his youngsters were skopped up and down the pitch in the Cosafa Cup plate semifinal.

Baxter explains: “I deserve to be sent off because I swore.

"Swearing was the only way of making a stronger appeal that our doctor should go onto the field as there was a player down with a head injury.

“I was trying to tell the fourth official about that but he was telling my medical team to hold back.

"I don’t think it’s the correct procedure when it’s a head injury, I think you should get them on as quickly as you can.”

Baxter though was impressed with his manne for showing guts in a tough game, as the Zebras tried to use their height advantage at set pieces - but only South Africa’s Riyaad Norodien and Judas Moseamedi registered goals.

The Brit adds: “The second half became a game of set-plays and our boys defended them very well, which was pleasing to see.

“Under physical pressure the first thing that goes is the technique, so it was pleasing that we stuck to what we wanted to play, we didn’t resort to just launching the ball forward and fighting - it stayed a game of football.

“My players pitched up against Botswana, and they didn’t buckle under pressure, they didn’t throw in the towel and they kept on battling - but as for technical and decision-making issues, we will have to talk about that because there were a lot of poor ones.”