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Bafana Candidates – How SAFA Got To Baxter

It was announced yesterday that SuperSport United have granted Stuart Baxter permission to hold talks with SAFA over the possible position as Bafana Bafana coach, but after the numerous candidates, how did they land up with the Englishman? Let’s take a look!

The former Kaizer Chiefs coach has already headed the South African national team bench between 2004 and 2005, and he will only take over the role once the Absa Premiership season comes to a conclusion, if he agrees to join them.

A few months ago, SAFA claimed that over 60 coaches had applied for the job, but for some reason or another, none of the applicants were appointed.

Former Inter and Manchester City coach Roberto Mancini revealed to Soccer Laduma that he had in fact not applied for the job, therefore, putting in doubt the likes of Giovanni Trapattoni and Bernd Schuster’s claimed applications.

Meanwhile, the likes of Carlos Queiroz and Herve Renard were tied to national teams already, making it highly unlikely they would take over.

It seems that SAFA might have exhausted all their options, and decided to approach a highly-proven coach in Mzansi. 

Eager to see what went wrong with Bafana’s other candidates? Browse the gallery above!

These reasons are a mixture of hard news and suspicions. Are you disappointed in SAFA for taking so long to hire a coach?


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