- The South African Football Association has slammed reports that Stuart Baxter has signed for Kaizer Chiefs as nothing more than rumours
- Baxter has been linked to a return to Kaizer Chiefs as the club looks for a new coach
- Baxter denied and the reports and said he was still employed by SAFA to coach the national side
The South African Football Association (SAFA) has slammed recent reports linking Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter with a return to his former club Kaizer Chiefs. SAFA and Bafana officials have dismissed the reports as nothing more than rumours.
Baxter has been heavily linked with a return to Kaizer Chiefs where he enjoyed a successful stint with the glamour side between 2012 and 2015. Baxter led the team to three campaign successes, including the domestic double.
Baxter has denied the reports and said he was currently employed by SAFA to coach the national side and as far as he was concerned nothing had changed on that front. He said he was focused and committed to his role with Bafana.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Kaizer Chiefs are still looking for a replacement head coach to fill the vacancy left by Steve Komphela who quit following the team’s Nedbank Cup semi-final loss in Durban.
The club is looking to strengthen its technical and player squads after suffering three years without winning a major local trophy. The last time the club won any silverware was under the leadership of Baxter.
KickOff.co.za reported that Kaizer Chiefs recently announced it had signed Mamelodi Sundowns star Khama Billiat to bolster its attack.
Last week Kaizer Chiefs football manager Bobby Motaung said he hoped to make an announcement regarding the coaching vacancy by Monday 25 June, the same day that the club starts its pre-season training camp.
Baxter’s agent said he had not been engaged in talks with Kaizer Chiefs or any other PSL club.
Baxter is currently on holiday in Sweden and has a contract with SAFA to coach Bafana Bafana until 2022.
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