-Stuart Baxter’s decision to use plush Steyn City as a training base has drawn criticism
-Property within the luxury estate can fetch up to R25 million
-Baxter has ruffled feathers recently when appointing his son as a goalkeeping coach
Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter is bemused by criticism aimed at him for the use of a pitch within the Steyn City residential estate.
Some houses within the luxury estate are valued at a reported R25 million and is not accessible to the vast majority of South African citizens.
Contrast this with the previous training base in the township of KwaMashu last month and the change is even more surprising.
However, Baxter explained the rationale behind the decision. According to him, the decision was made based on pitch condition and availability.
Times Live reported that the coach seemed annoyed when the decision was questioned. Based on reports, the Steyn City location was chosen by Baxter and former Bafana Bafana skipper, Neil Tovey, who now serves as a technical director within SAFA.
Baxter revealed he plans to play a fast and expansive brand of football against Seychelles on Saturday. He feels this strategy will play to Bafana’s strengths and the opponent’s weaknesses.
A confused Baxter admitted “About taking the game to the people‚ I haven’t really got a clue what that is. This is a national training before an international game. We’re not thinking about playing politics. We’re not thinking about anything else other than preparing the players for the game.”
The British native cited England as an example of a national team which trains behind closed doors with no public access allowed.
This was not the first decision questioned as Baxter recently utilized his son, Lee, as a replacement goalkeeping coach for the match against Libya.
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