- Orlando Pirates head coach Milutin Sredojevic has pleaded with his club’s supporters not to question Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter’s selection choices
- Baxter has been criticised for omitting Orlando Pirates striker Xola Mlambo from his AFCON squad to face Seychelles
- Sredojevic said no one could force Baxter to select players based on their own personal agenda’s
Orlando Pirates head coach Milutin Sredojevic has pleaded with his club’s supporters and South Africans in general not to question or criticise Bafana Bafana head coach Stuart Baxter’s player selection choices.
Baxter has come in for heavy criticism after he once again omitted Orlando Pirates star striker Xola Mlambo from the squad for the upcoming two African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers against Seychelles.
Sredojevic said no one could force Baxter to select players based on their own personal agenda’s or wants and said his role as a club coach was to help players make themselves as attractive a proposition for the national coach as possible.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Sredojevic coached Uganda and Rwanda’s national teams before joining Orlando Pirates and understands better than most the pressure which Baxter faces in selecting players.
Kickoff.co.za reported that Sredojevic said he had nothing but respect for Baxter. Sredojevic said he understood that Baxter had to take ownership of his decisions and go with the players which he believed would benefit the squad most.
Sredojevic said while he was coaching Uganda he was often criticised for not selecting a player and would receive 40 million opinions on why his selection choices made no sense.
Sredojevic said it was wrong for PSL coaches to publicly question and debate Baxter’s choices.
Baxter said he had omitted Mlambo because he was looking at the overall balance of the Bafana squad and Mlambo would not have contributed in the style of play which Baxter had decided to pursue against Seychelles.
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