- Former Bafana Bafana captain Aaron Mokoena believes the national side will suffer if Stuart Baxter leaves his coaching role
- Baxter has been heavily linked with a return to Kaizer Chiefs despite being contracted to Bafana until July 2022
- SAFA officials are reportedly willing to release Baxter after the embarrassment of being knocked out of the COSAFA Cup by Madagascar
Former Bafana Bafana captain Aaron Mokoena believes it would be terrible for the national side if its current coach Stuart Baxter is released by the South African Football Association (SAFA) and allowed to re-join Kaizer Chiefs.
Mokoena said Baxter leaving would be bad for football in South Africa in general and terrible for Bafana Bafana in particular. Mokoena said what Bafana needs now more than anything is a period of stability and a clearly defined path forward.
Baxter replaced former coach Shakes Mashaba who was fired partway through the qualification rounds for the 2018 FIFA World Cup after he failed to deliver results.
Briefly.co.za gathered that this instability in the coaching and technical staff was partly blamed for Bafana’s ultimate failure to qualify for the World Cup, however, SAFA officials have reportedly grown wary with Baxter’s apparent lack of progress with the national side.
SAFA officials are reportedly willing to release Baxter from his contract in the wake of the team’s embarrassing exit from the COSAFA Cup at the hands of Madagascar.
Sport24.com reported that Baxter has been heavily linked to return to Kaizer Chiefs with whom he enjoyed a highly successful stint as coach and won the last PSL crown for the team in 2014/15.
Kaizer Chiefs are still searching for a replacement coach after Steve Komphela’s dramatic resignation after the Nedbank Cup semi-final in the infamous Durban match.
Various reports indicate that Kaizer Chiefs chairman Kaizer Motaung is personally engaged in negotiations with SAFA president Danny Jordaan to try and secure the services of Baxter.
Meanwhile, Baxter said he believed the right person for the Kaizer Chiefs job was someone who knew how to achieve success.
Baxter added that often times in South Africa clubs didn’t ask whether a certain coach would be a good fit for the club and focused on whether that coach was good or not. He also said coaches tended not to think about the pressure which came with working at certain clubs.
Baxter said most coaches felt honoured and flattered when offered a glamorous role and accepted the position without thinking about all the consequences and needs of that role.
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