- Kaizer Chiefs football manager heaped praise on Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter
- Baxter has been linked with a possible return to Kaizer Chiefs
- Motaung said it was good to hear his club being linked to coaches like Baxter
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Kaizer Chiefs football manager Bobby Motaung has heaped praise on the club’s former and current Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter. Motaung conceded that Baxter possessed every quality which Kaizer Chiefs wanted in a coach and that he ticked all the right boxes.
Despite being contracted to the South African Football Association (SAFA) until at least 2022 in his current role of managing Bafana Bafana, Baxter has been linked with an early return to his former club.
Motaung said it was good to hear Kaizer Chiefs was being linked with a top coach such as Baxter. When asked about the possibility of Baxter returning Motaung simply said that as far as he was aware Baxter still had a contract with SAFA.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Motaung said Chiefs were looking for a coach who could serve as a father figure to the players, have a good sense of humour and have a detailed knowledge and understanding of the multiple challenges of the PSL.
Motaung said the club hoped to make an announcement regarding the coaching position during the week. He admitted that Kaizer Chiefs had already lost out on three coaches who had signed for other African clubs.
The club’s players started pre-season training on Monday.
SowetanLive.co.za reported that Kaizer Chiefs officials are believed to be pulling out all the stops in its bid to secure the services of Baxter. The club is desperate to end its three-year trophy drought, which is the longest the club has gone without winning silverware in its long history.
Baxter previously spent three seasons with Kaizer Chiefs winning the PSL twice, he also led the team to glory in the MTN8 and Nedbank Cup tournaments.
If Baxter returns to the Amakhosi he will work with his son, Lee Baxter, who is currently the goalkeeper coach at the glamour team.
Motaung declined to reveal who the club was still engaged with and who the club had lost out on and said he would reveal those names someday in the distant future.
Kaizer Chiefs will play in their first pre-season match on 21 July when they face current African and PSL champions Mamelodi Sundowns in the newly created Shell Helix Ultra Cup. The match will take place at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg.
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