- Bafana Bafana head coach Stuart Baxter says budget and political obstacles are hampering the appointment of a permanent assistant coach
- Since being appointed as national coach he has relied primarily on a single assistant coach
- Baxter said SAFA did not have the cash to simply appoint anyone it wanted to the position
Bafana Bafana head coach Stuart Baxter has explained that budget and political obstacles are hampering the search and appointment of a permanent second assistant coach for the national side.
Baxter pointed out that the South African Football Association (SAFA) did not have an unlimited budget and he could not simply throw money at people in the hopes that they would join the side.
Baxter pointed out that the political side of football in South Africa meant that he could not simply approach a candidate who was currently contracted to a PSL side. He added that because of the national interest in Bafana he had to take the public into consideration.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Baxter gave former Bafana Bafana star Quinton Fortune a trial run as an assistant but the experiment proved to be a public relations disaster.
TimesLive.co.za reported that South African soccer fans lashed out at Fortune’s appointment because of his history of snubbing the national side during his playing years when he often times preferred to play for Manchester United instead of representing his country.
Baxter was asked why he still did not have a full complement of preferred assistant staff despite being in his current role for around 15 months.
Baxter said he had nothing but time and respect for those who had been assisting him since he took the post and saying they were not his preferred assistants was incorrect.
Since being appointed Baxter has been assisted primarily by a single assistant. The role is usually taken up by Thabo Senong, South Africa’s junior coach Molefi Ntseki has also assisted Baxter on the odd occasion.
Baxter was quick to point out that he did not feel negative about the budget constraints and imposed on him by SAFA and did not feel like anyone at SAFA had let him down. Baxter said he understood that he had to work within a certain budget and he had no problem with that.
Baxter admitted that the matter needed to be dealt with and completed in the near future. He said appointing a permanent second assistant formed part of a bigger picture at SAFA.
SAFA’s technical director, Neil Tovey, has additional programs which will be supported by the person who is eventually appointed. Baxter said it was important that all the different departments and programs within SAFA worked together.
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