South African Football Association (Safa) president Danny Jordaan told SowetanLIVE a few days ago that while Baxter does not have a mandate at this competition‚ their expectation is that Bafana progress to the last-16.
“We expect them to go to the second round‚ at least‚” the Safa president said.
“That's why we have a bonus structure‚ to go to the second round.
"Because it's no use you win one match‚ win this match.
"That's when we give them R320‚000 each [getting through the group stage].
"And if they had gotten the normal win bonuses of R60‚000 [per game]‚ you would get R180‚000 [for three group wins].
"But we want to go to the second round. So we double it to go to the second round.”
With such a structure‚ Bafana earned no bonuses for matches they won in the opening round - only the lump sum if they reached the Last-16.
Bafana reached the Last 16 after a confusing set of mathematical permutations saw Bafana finish in fourth place on the third-placed table‚ and past the group stage at an African Cup of Nations for the first time since reaching the quarterfinals on home soil in 2013.