Brace yourselves my South African people Stuart Baxter isn’t leaving the Bafana Bafana coaching position anytime soon.
Baxter said he’d quit should his team not qualify for the AFCON before Bafana’s game on Sunday evening.
Clarifying his original statement‚ Baxter said: “Well look‚ what I’ve said [in the past] – it’s the truth and the reality of a coach.
“A coach will do a job as long as he feels that he can do the job.
“People will not tell me‚ ‘You can’t coach Bafana‚ because of blah‚ blah‚ blah’. I will know that for my own reasons.
“It may be for my own motivation‚ for my own health‚ or because I don’t feel that I’m taking the team wherever I want it to go.
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Highlights of the match between Libya and South Africa at Taieb Mhiri Stadium
The South African Football Association (SAFA) has released its latest fixtures for the calendar year.
SA National teams fixtures:
17 Banyana Banyana vs Sweden (closed training match) 11:00, Athlone Stadium (No TV / No Media / No public)
19 Banyana Banyana vs the Netherlands, Winnie Mandela International Challenge, 15:00, Cape Town Stadium
22 Banyana Banyana vs Sweden, Albertina Sisulu Centenary Challenge, 19:00, Cape Town Stadium
Eygyt pipped South Africa to host the 2019 AFCON event. What this means is Bafana Bafana now have their qualifying fate in their own hands.
When you heard South Africa was in line to host AFCON 2019, after CAF stripped Cameroon’s rights to hold the tournament, your first thought wasn’t your excitement to see this guy…
…who seemed to be at every AFCON you’ve watched since you were a kid*. The first thought that pop in your head was ‘So this means Bafana Bafana would qualify automatically right?! Hooray!’
Can Stuart Baxter be the guy that turns the Bafana Bafana ship around and build a culture of winning football in South Africa?
It would be understandable if you thought Stuart Baxter isn’t the best fit for the Bafana job. Firstly, he was hired after SAFA fired beloved Shakes Mashaba over some bull shit and secondly, his team’s performance in the World Cup qualifiers was embarrassing, to say the least. As you know an international coach is judged on whether his side qualified for the World Cup or not, rather than how many irrelevant soccer nations he can beat up in the Cosafa Cup.