South Africa coach Stuart Baxter says he will continue to rotate his squad in the COSAFA Cup Plate final against Botswana on Friday as he looks to give his young squad as much exposure to international football as possible.
Baxter will definitely be without suspended midfielder Fortune Makaringe, who has two yellow cards in the tournament, and could well recall forward Luther Singh.
“We want everybody to have played if we can. The young ones that we think need that international experience, we will give them that. That is why I put Lyle [Foster] on for the final 10 minutes because I think he needed that,” Baxter said.
“You want to win the game, it’s a final, but you certainly want to make sure you stay true to yourself because otherwise you will keep bouncing backwards and forwards and never get the experience for the players that need it.”
Singh did not play in Tuesday’s 4-1 victory over Namibia after his high-profile misses in the quarterfinal draw with Madagascar, but Baxter hinted he is keen to give him another chance.
“This camp is not about allowing people one game and them throwing them on the scrap heap,” Baxter said. “It is about learning lessons and gaining experience.
“If Luther learns his lesson, he will get another chance, but if we continue to make those mistakes and errors in judgement, then it is correct that other people get in ahead of you.
“I am not smacking people on fingers. We are not school teachers, we will give everybody a chance to learn.”