Stuart Baxter Credit: File Photo
[/media-credit] Stuart Baxter returns as Bafana Bafana coach Credit: File Photo

Stuart Baxter has been confirmed as the new coach of the South Africa national team, Bafana Bafana replacing Ephraim Mashaba.

The SuperSport United tactician has reached an agreement with his club as well as the South African Football Association (SAFA) to leave the club at the end of the season, with Matsatsantsa left with four games to complete the season.

“We obviously did not want to lose Stuart as our Coach,” SuperSport United CEO Stanley Mathews is quoted on Kickoff.  “He has done a great job in getting us to the competitive level we expect as a Club, however, we also understand that Stuart would like to have a final go at competing at a FIFA World Cup and that would be a fantastic achievement for the country as a whole,” added Matthews.

But right now our focus, and that of Stuart’s, has to be on a strong finish to the League, becoming the first club to retain the Nedbank Cup and to fight our way through the group stages of the CAF Confederation Cup. So we are glad this matter is now settled and we can all focus on the job at hand which is meeting our football targets for this season and planning ahead for next season.

The South African FA also confirmed the development through the CEO Dennis Mumble

We are pleased to have finally reached an agreement with Supersport United on the release of Coach Baxter. SAFA believes that the coach has the necessary skills to navigate the tough qualification path for the Africa Cup of Nations and the FIFA World Cup. We thank Supersport United for their support towards the goals of the Association and its national teams.

Under the veteran tactician, the club won the Nedbank Cup and are currently in the semi-finals of this season’s competition where they face Chippa United seeking to defend the crown.

This will be Baxter’s second stint as the Bafana Bafana coach after managing the team between 2004 and 2005.

Senior Staff writer at Kawowo Sports mainly covering football

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