The coach said he was aware it might be disruptive bringing a completely unknown player into Bafana on the eve of a major tournament‚ and suggested he might also use Cosafa as a testing ground for Untersee.
It is also not the first time Baxter has believed Untersee’s paperwork to be near completion.
Explaining the complications with the documentation the coach said: “We thought it would be a simple process because he was born here. Burt he was born here to parents who weren’t South African‚ and who were not on‚ let’s say‚ the optimal visas at that time.
“They were working and they didn’t have permanent residence‚ they didn’t have a South African ID.
“Which makes the whole situation a little bit more complicated. Because either they have to seek [paperwork]‚ or‚ Joel has to go the long way round.
“And he’s already played for the Swiss Under-21s.
“We have got round it. And what I’m going to look at is‚ ‘Is it all worth it?’
“Because I would be bringing in a lad who was not there in the qualifiers.
“In that case I’ve got to be 100 percent certain that he’s adding value to the squad.
“So I’ll look at that game. Hopefully while I’m away the papers will be ready to be stamped.
“And then I’ll have a heart-to-heart with Joel. And I’ll tell him what I think.
“‘Are you going to add value?’‚ or ‘I’m sorry‚ but this is not the right time. Maybe after Afcon we can slide you in’.
“But that is a consideration. You don’t just upset the group for no apparent reason just because he’s got a history that’s quite attractive.”