- SAFA technical director Neil Tovey has backed Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter’s decision to appoint his son as stand-in goalkeeping coach
- Bafana Bafana fans raised their eyebrows when Lee Baxter received the nod to replace Andre Arendse for the AFCON match against Libya with many accusing the coach of nepotism
- Tovey said goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune’s performance in the match vindicated Baxter’s decision
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South African Football Association (SAFA) technical director Neil Tovey has backed Bafana Bafana head coach Stuart Baxter’s decision to appoint his son, Lee Baxter, as the stand-in goalkeeping coach for the side in the absence of Andre Arendse.
Tovey said Itumeleng Khune’s performance during the AFCON qualifier match in Durban on Saturday vindicate Baxter’s decision and would hopefully bring an end to all the talk of nepotism in the media and among soccer supporters.
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Bafana Bafana supporters and the media as a whole raised their eyebrow when Baxter announced that his son would stand in for Arendse who was unavailable for the match for personal family matters.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Tovey noted that Khune’s ability to keep Libya from finding the back of the net on Saturday showed that Baxter had made the decision based on technical and not emotional grounds.
Tovey told Kickoff.co.za that Khune had a brilliant match which proved that Lee’s arrival had not distracted the team as a whole and Khune in particular.
Khune and the younger Baxter already work together at club level. Lee Baxter serves as Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeping coach
Tovey praised Baxter for his brave initial decision to appoint his son and for keeping to that decision even once the media storm erupted last week.
The former Bafana Bafana captain said sometimes the coaching staff had to make difficult technical decisions which did not always look like they might be the right decision from the outside and it called on someone brave to stick to that plan.
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Tovey admitted that the entire saga has exposed SAFA’s lack of developing qualified goalkeeping coaches in recent years. He said the SAFA technical delegation was already working on implementing corrective measures.
Tovey said there was a process involved in becoming a goalkeeping coach which starts with a basic course and moves on to a CAF C licence course. He said SAFA was now engaged in assisting aspiring goalkeeping coaches to complete the process.
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