- Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter and officials from the South African Football Association (SAFA) officials are reportedly engaged in crunch talks over Baxter’s future
- Despite being contracted to SAFA until 2022 Baxter has been heavily linked with a return to Kaizer Chiefs
- Danny Jordaan and Kaizer Motaung are believed to be negotiating a deal which will see Baxter’s contract terminated by mutual agreement
Bafana Bafana’s coach Stuart Baxter and officials from the South African Football Association (SAFA) are reportedly locked in crunch talks over Baxter’s future as the manager of the national side.
Despite Baxter having an ironclad contract with SAFA to coach Bafana Bafana until July 2022, he has been heavily linked with a return to his former PSL club Kaizer Chiefs.
Kaizer Chiefs are currently seeking a replacement for Steve Komphela who quit in May after the team crashed out of the Nedbank Cup semi-final during the now infamous match in Durban. Angry and frustrated Kaizer Chiefs fans invaded the pitch and damaged the Moses Mabhida Stadium.
Briefly.co.za gathered that relations between Baxter and SAFA officials have grown tense in recent times. Officials have grown frustrated with the lack of progress Bafana Bafana have made under the guidance of Baxter.
The team’s humiliating defeat against Madagascar in the Cosafa Cup has caused the SAFA Council to lose faith in Baxter and according to a report by Soccerladuma.za even caused officials to make moves to secure the services of Iran’s coach Carlos Queiroz.
Queiroz is a known quantity in South Africa having been in charge of Bafana Bafana in the run-up and during the 2010 World Cup.
TimesLive.co.za reported that Kaizer Chiefs are so desperate to secure the services of Baxter that the club’s chairman Kaizer Motaung is personally negotiating a deal with SAFA president Danny Jordaan.
The deal revolves around whether SAFA can have Baxter’s contract terminated through a mutual agreement which will save the association from having to pay a massive financial settlement to Baxter.
Briefly.co.za earlier reported that Kaizer Chiefs football manager Bobby Motaung admitted Baxter would be a great fit for the club and even said Baxter ticked all the right boxes.
Kaizer Chiefs started their pre-season training on Monday and have made precious few moves on the transfer market thus far.
Baxter previously enjoyed a highly successful stint at the Naturena, under his leadership the club won the PSL on two occasions, one of those included completing the local double of winning the PSL and the Nedbank Cup in the same season.
The club has not won any silverware for three-years, the longest winless spell in its long and illustrious history.
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