Bafana boss treats praise and criticism the same

Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter says he does not take criticism to heart and does not celebrate success too highly, after he came under attack for recent poor results.

Baxter seemed to start his Bafana career in glorious fashion with an away win over Nigeria in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier. However, recent back-to-back defeats to Cape Verde in World Cup qualifying has been cause for concern amongst some national team supporters.

At this stage the team looks unlikely to reach the 2018 World Cup, though they still may have a mathematical chance if they win all their remaining fixtures in Group D. On Saturday, Bafana face Burkina Faso at the FNB stadium in Johannesburg.

Nonetheless, the 64-year-old says he has a thick skin to deal with criticism and a cool head to handle success. He told reporters:  “I’m too old and too ugly to get worried about what people think about me anymore, honestly.

“You guys (media) write things about me after the Nigeria game (Bafana won 2-0) and it doesn’t pump me up and you guys batter me (after the Cape Verde games) and it doesn’t knock me down. Don’t let success go to your head and don’t let failure go to your heart.

“It’s a part of my job, that you know you are never as good as they say you are when you win, and you are never as bad as they say you are when you lose. The people are extremely hospitable, extremely warm and can be extremely nasty.”

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