- Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter has confirmed that he was courted by Kaizer Chiefs after Steve Komphela quit as coach
- Baxter was heavily linked with a return to his former club with some reports indicating that Kaizer Motaung himself had met with SAFA president Danny Jordaan to negotiate a deal
- Baxter said the interest was fleeting and neither party ever sat down to negotiate terms
Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter has confirmed that he was indeed courted by Kaizer Chiefs in the weeks and months after Steve Komphela quit his position. Baxter added that the interest from the club was never as intense or ongoing as was reported at the time.
Baxter was heavily linked with a return to the club which he left for his current position. Speculation and reports during June indicated that Kaizer Chiefs were desperate to bring Baxter back to the Naturena.
Some reports even indicated that Kaizer Chiefs chairman and president Kaizer Motaung himself had met with South African Football Association (SAFA) president Danny Jordaan to negotiate the terms of the deal and find a way for Baxter to leave his Bafana contract early.
Briefly.co.za gathered that at the time Baxter was spending time in at his holiday home in Sweden and when he was inundated by reports on and questions about his impending move to Kaizer Chiefs.
Baxter said he had gone to Sweden with the original intent of travelling to Russia to watch the FIFA World Cup and to prepare various reports for SAFA on the just-completed season.
TimesLive.co.za reported that Baxter said the interest from Kaizer Chiefs never went very far and did not ever reach a stage where he got involved in negotiations. He said it became obvious to both himself and officials at the club that the deal would never become reality.
Baxter blamed the media for dragging out the entire incident for much longer than it actually went on in reality. He said Kaizer Chiefs showed interest but never came close to bombarding him with offers or requests for meetings.
Baxter said he and SAFA remained in contact throughout the entire period because while he was at his holiday home he was still conducting official duties such as reporting on the progress of African teams at the world cup.
Baxter said SAFA itself was unsure of how to deal with the media onslaught and continual reports and eventually it decided to stop commenting.
Baxter oversaw what is now looked upon as a golden age at Kaizer Chiefs when the club won the PSL and the cup doubles in 2013/14 and 2015/16.
His current contract with Bafana Bafana runs until the end of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
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