- SAFA CEO Dennis Mumble said Kaizer Chiefs have not made an offer on Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter
- Mumble said the association would not entertain empty rumours
- Meanwhile, Kaizer Chiefs confirmed that technical advisor Rob Hutting had left the club after his contract expired
South African Football Association (SAFA) CEO Dennis Mumble has laughed off any suggestion that Stuart Baxter would be leaving his role as Bafana Bafana coach for a return to Kaizer Chiefs. Mumble said SAFA had not received an offer for Baxter from Kaizer Chiefs.
Mumble seemed to laugh off suggestions that there had been talks between SAFA and Kaizer Chiefs about Baxter’s future. He said the association would not entertain or comment on empty rumours.
Baxter has been heavily linked with a return to Kaizer Chiefs with reports suggesting that the club’s chairman Kaizer Motaung had engaged in personal negotiations with SAFA president Danny Jordaan in order to make the deal happen.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Mumble refused to comment on the matter and said as far as he was concerned Baxter still had four-years remaining on his current contract. He said, Baxter, as all Bafana coaches had a long-term deal with the association.
KickOff.co.za reported that Mumble added that SAFA would continue to remain silent on the matter because in the association’s view there is no basis for comment.
Meanwhile, Kaizer Chiefs confirmed that its technical advisor Rob Hutting had left the club after his contract expired at the end of June.
Kaizer Chiefs football manager Bobby Motaung confirmed that the club had decided not to renew Hutting’s contract. He joined the club on a six-month deal at the start of 2018.
The club’s management sang Hutting’s praises and made a big deal of his potential to improve the technical team when he was appointed, but Hutting never bonded with the club’s fans.
Goal.com reported that Hutting was believed to be in the running to replace Steve Komphela at one stage, but Kaizer Chiefs ultimately decided he was not suitable for the top job.
Kaizer Chiefs assistant coach Patrick Mabedi has taken charge of the club’s pre-season preparations. The club has already confirmed that Mabedi will not be appointed as the head coach.
Motaung said Mabedi had done an incredible job in taking the slack since Komphela resigned but admitted that the assistant coach was not suitable to permanently lead the side.
Motaung said Mabedi had done well and was currently in charge of the team, but he added that being the head coach was a vastly different proposition than being the assistant coach.
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