- Bafana Bafana head coach Stuart Baxter has been tipped to return to Kaizer Chiefs ahead of the new PSL season
- Reports indicate that Danny Jordaan and Kaizer Motaung are negotiating terms which will allow Baxter to be released from his contract with Bafana Bafana
- Safa bosses are reportedly looking at Carlos Queiroz, Herve Renard and Pitso Mosimane as possible replacements for Baxter if he does leave
Bafana Bafana head coach Stuart Baxter has been tipped to make a sensational return to Kaizer Chiefs ahead of the new PSL season, this despite Baxter having a contract with the South African Football Association (Safa) which runs until July 2022.
Kaizer Chiefs chairman Kaizer Motaung is believed to be personally engaged in negotiations with Safa president Danny Jordaan to secure the services of Baxter. Sources indicate that Safa is willing to release Baxter if it is done by mutual consent which would save the association from paying a huge financial penalty for breach of contract.
Safa officials have reportedly lost faith in Baxter after Bafana Bafana’s humiliating loss against Madagascar in the recent COSAFA Cup. This after his stated goal of qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup also failed to materialise.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Safa bosses have already made a list of at least three possible candidates to replace Baxter if he does indeed leave the team. Carlos Queiroz is believed to be the favoured candidate while Herve Renard and Pitso Mosimane are also in the running for the position.
Queiroz is believed to be candidate number one on Safa’s shopping list. He is a known quantity in South Africa having led the team in the run-up to the 2002 World Cup. Queiroz was linked with a return to South Africa ahead of Baxter but his contract with Iran proved to block the move.
Renard was a front-runner to replace Shakes Mashaba and according to Goal.com, the current Moroccan coach’s proven track record in qualify teams for big tournaments have Safa officials readying their chequebooks.
Mosimane is the best and possibly only viable South African candidate for the job. Mosimane has won everything there is to win locally and on the continent. Unlike many of his predecessors, Mosimane’s coaching career has actually improved after his short stint in charge of Bafana Bafana in 2010.
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