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By Tiyani wa ka Mabasa | 2017-07-17 08:08:39.0

Bafana coach Stuart Baxter has heaped praise on his charges following their 2-0 win away in Botswana at the weekend.

Ryan Moon and Gift Motupa scored to hand Bafana the advantage in their 2018 Chan qualifier. Bafana will return home today and proceed to Rustenburg to set up camp for the second leg, which will take place on Saturday at Moruleng Stadium (3pm).

The job is half done after their win in Francistown, and Baxter was singing the boys' praises for following his instructions in a match that wasn't televised in South Africa.

"It was a hard-fought game, even though I thought we had a good control of the game for the 90 minutes," Baxter reflected.

"Botswana played well with the ball, and we knew that away from home we needed to take a result back to South Africa. Once we scored the goal it became a question of can they pick their way through us when we are organised or can we hit them when they are a little bit disorganised, and, if I am being honest, we were closer to getting another goal than they were to reducing the deficit."

Midfielders Teboho Mokoena and Cole Alexander got a special mention from the Englishman, while captain on the day Mario Booysen also received some praise.

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