Published: Thu, May 04, 2017
World Media | By Joan Schultz

Bafana Bafana confirm Baxter as new coach

Bafana Bafana confirm Baxter as new coach

The new coach will have to hit the ground running as the national team have a daunting away Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Nigeria next month.

It wasn't until late on Wednesday that Safa claimed they had agreed a coaching contract with the ideal candidate, although they did not name Baxter, only committing to giving more details a day or two later.

The 63-year-old returns for a second spell in charge of Bafana Bafana, having previously led the side during African zone qualifying for the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany™.

South Africa have appointed Stuart Baxter as Shakes Mashaba's successor, the nation's football association (Safa) confirmed in a statement on Thursday.

SAFA first suspended and then sacked former coach Ephraim Mashaba in November past year after a public outburst aimed at the organisation's president, Danny Jordaan, following a 2-1 World Cup qualifier victory over Senegal.

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Much to the concern of former South African striker Benni McCarthy, who forms part of the committee that has been assisting SAFA in appointing a new national coach.

"He'll make the right decisions and select the right players and he knows what's expected by the South African public".

We are pleased to have finally reached an agreement with Supersport United on the release of Coach Baxter.

Wolverhampton-born Baxter played for Preston North End, Helsingborgs IF and South Melbourne FC among others during his playing career, while he's held posts as diverse as Kaizer Chiefs, England U-19s and Finland during a nomadic 32-year managerial career. He's done a great job in getting us to the competitive level we expect as a club.

"We also understand that Stuart would like to have a final go at competing at a World Cup and that would be a fantastic achievement for the country as a whole".

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