- Highlands Park coach Owen da Gama feels that Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter should be replaced by a local coach
- The 57-year-old mentor has called for Bafana to start playing the South African way
- Baxter received widespread criticism for his tactics and use of Thembinkosi Lorch and da Gama reiterated those points
Highlands Park coach Owen da Gama feels that Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter has done a commendable job, but that his time is up.
The veteran coach has called for Baxter to be replaced by a local coach and for the team to play the “South African way.”
Da Gama justified his point by citing countries such as Brazil, Germany and France who never appoint foreign coaches.
Da Gama said, "Germany‚ they have never taken a foreign coach. France‚ they don’t take foreign coaches. I wish Bafana could have the same approach and use our speed‚ our skill and our explosiveness to play our football.”
Bafana caused a massive upset when they surprisingly beat hosts, Egypt, in the Afcon 2019, but their overall tournament performance was uninspiring.
Baxter has been heavily criticised for the conservative approach and mediocre results.
Baxter has also been slammed by the media and public for his use of SA Footballer of the Year, Thembinkosi Lorch.
SowetanLIVE reported that da Gama made his position clear and did not want to give the impression that he was attacking Baxter.
He said, “I think Stuart Baxter has done the country well and he has done incredibly well so I think we know that. But guys, don’t kill me. Don’t go and say ‘Da Gama lambast Baxter’‚ because then you are killing me but not the cause (of Bafana’s problems). I’m a South African. Don’t say ‘Da Gama lambasts Baxter.’”
Briefly.co.za also noted da Gama’s dissatisfaction with the way Lorch has been utilised.
The coach cited the limited playing time and his impact when he was eventually called upon.
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