The back-to-back losses to the Blue Sharks puts the national team bottom of Group D, and leaves Baxter’s men with a tough job of reaching the global showpiece in Russia in 2018.
Nonetheless, despite the odds being stacked against Bafana, especially in light that the side has to replay Senegal in November, after FIFA ruled the original 2-1 victory for the South Africans was manipulated by the referee, Baxter remains upbeat.
He told reporters, “If you ask me how it felt five minutes after my father died and I would tell you it’s difficult to go on.
“Ask me a month later, I would tell you life goes on and you see things differently. Immediately after the game, I was so devastated that I couldn’t see the sun coming up the following day.
“So you ask me any question (straight after the match), you are going to get a slightly negative, downtrodden response. Could I be confident at that time? Probably not.
“Looking at the games again, looking at how we can move forward, looking at the squad I’ve selected, thinking about our opponents and knowing we are playing here, we will have a go at them.”