Latest On Baxter/Bafana: No Demands For Technical Team
Stuart Baxter Is Still In Negotiations With SAFA About The Bafana Job
Stuart Baxter and the South African Football Association are still locked in talks about the Englishman taking over at Bafana, with nothing having been finalised just yet.
Baxter has been focused on SuperSport United since his side gave SAFA permission to speak to him about taking over from Shakes Mashaba. He oversaw the club's Nedbank Cup victory over KwaDukuza United which takes them into the quarterfinals of the competition.
Now, it is thought that the 63-year-old will turn his attention to dealing with the Bafana issue prior to leaving for Liberia this weekend so as to avoid disrupting the team as they prepare for the CAF Confederation Cup.
There have been reports that Baxter has been offered an annual salary of R12 million by SAFA and that, as with many coaches around the world, he wants to bring his own technical team.
It has been suggested that Baxter will look to bring physical trainer, Josh Smith, who worked with him at Chiefs, Genclerbirligi and now Matsatsantsa, as well as his son, goalkeeper coach, Lee Baxter, who is currently working in Scandinavia.
However, as reported in this week’s issue of Soccer Laduma, the Siya crew have been informed that while talks are ongoing with SAFA, they are yet to reach a decision regarding the financials of the deal or who Baxter would look to bring on board if he accepts the position.
The crew was also informed by sources within the SAFA set-up that, if Baxter was to recommend people for positions on his technical team, they are neither prerequisites nor deal-breakers with regards to him signing or not.
The former Chiefs coach refused to comment on the situation, telling the crew, “I’ve got nothing more to say on the matter. I’m focused on SuperSport at the moment, and if you’ve gotten information from SAFA, then I’ve no more to add.”
There is expected to be more clarity on the Bafana position in the coming days, with all of the parties hoping to reach a quick conclusion so that things can move forward.