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I Was Wrong About Baxter – Reader’s Voice

I consider myself a fairly level-headed guy, I don't usually get too emotional in my assessment of Bafana Bafana’s games. I first thought coach Stuart Baxter was more suited for club football since he believes in teaching players his system of play.

I thought we needed to hire a coach who adjusted his system to the players and not the other way around. I felt a coach like Baxter wouldn't have enough time to shape them into what he wants; the time is simply not enough for that in the national team.

I then warmed up to the idea; convincing myself that he had been in the country long enough and he understands how South African players operate.

I thought his club success would be a motivation for the players. "This man is a good tactician", I said to myself, while burying my initial thoughts. We started well under him, we beat Nigeria away, what bravery.

It pointed to a competent Bafana, which was not afraid to lose. We are on our way to being world beaters under Baxter which is what I thought to myself but I was wrong. The display in the AFCON is the worst I've ever seen.

I've never recommended a coach to be fired before because I believe the whole team must be held accountable, but in this case he must vacate his post.


This article was written by a Soccer Laduma reader 


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