Baxter Set To Lead Chan Bench Despite Upcoming WC Qualifiers
Stuart Baxter Set To Lead Chan Bench Despite Upcoming World Cup Qualifiers
Head Coach Stuart Baxter is expected to be at the helm of the Bafana Bafana bench this weekend, while also preparing for the country’s upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.
Bafana will face Zambia in the first leg of the third round of the Chan qualifiers this weekend, August 12, and it has since been confirmed to Soccer Laduma that Head Coach Baxter is expected to be at the helm of the bench on the day, despite the upcoming FIFA World Cup qualifiers drawing closer.
The head coach previously told the South African Football Association’s official website that his involvement in the Chan camp set to face Zambia was questionable at the time.
“We have a game to play now against Botswana when we win that one we go through and then we face Zambia. If I am on that camp then I walk away a few days before we go to Cape Verde. So the question is what will be my involvement in that camp given the fact that I have to prepare properly for a vital World Cup qualifier,” Baxter told SAFA’s official website last month, July.
However, it has since been confirmed that the Englishman is expected to lead the bench on Saturday, August 12.
The return leg for the Chan qualifiers is scheduled to take place on August, 19 and it remains to be seen whether Head Coach Baxter will be leading the bench at that time, as the World Cup qualifiers will also take place this month.
South Africa will play away to Cape Verde on August, 28, with Baxter expected to hit the ground running with preparations following this weekend’s Chan clash.
Baxter is yet to confirm his squad for the upcoming FIFA World Cup qualifiers, although it seems that the Englishman will be sticking to the core of his previous Africa Cup Of Nations squad.