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Baxter: In A Perfect World, Bafana Should Be Coached By A South African

Stuart Baxter Thinks That In A Perfect World Bafana Bafana Should Be Coached By A South African

By Soccer Laduma - Mar 19, 2018 12:44 PM

South African national team head coach, Stuart Baxter reveals that he thinks, in a perfect world the national team should be coached by a South African.

The Englishman took over the reins at Bafana last year after Shakes Mashaba was relieved from his duty as the national team’s head coach.

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Baxter, who recently named his official 25-man squad for the upcoming Four-Nation tournament, also called him Orlando Pirates’ assistant coach, Rhulani Mokwena to be part of Bafana’s technical bench.

“There are different levels there, yes we want this to be a thing that we do more often, (but) you can’t every camp have a different coach pitching up, so maybe some of the coaches will be a recurring thing. Yes, you do want to find out exactly how good is the coach,” Baxter explained his reasoning behind calling up the young coach.

The Englishman then went on to explain that while he is honoured to be the head coach of the South African national team, ideally, a nation should be coached by one of their own. 

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“If I am being brutally honest and this is not me trying to harm anybody, if I am being brutally honest, when I was in England, the English media wanted an English national coach. Ericson was the coach, he was Swedish and they loved him to bits but they would prefer to have an English coach,” Baxter said on SAFA’s official website.

“And I am sure, without being nasty or without being racist, South Africa should be coached by a South African in a perfect world. 

“In lieu of not being a suitable candidate at that moment, you can look elsewhere. I am very proud to be a South African national coach and I am very honoured, but I hope that I give everybody the correct impression of what I am saying right now.”

But I think that it is a part of my job and our duty to empower those young South African coaches, the same as those young South African players, one day, maybe (Coach) Rhulani (Mokwena) or maybe Thabo Senong will be the senior national team coach,” he added.  


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0737521818 Mar 20, 2018 04:39 PM
Now that you have waisted everything thats the way you talk?
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Zanokuhle Joined: 08 Mar 2018
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Zanokuhle Mar 20, 2018 01:52 PM
In the beginning the was Clive baker at the end we don't know who we have is this south Africa circus or soccer
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ZZ2 vs Papa charles Mar 19, 2018 04:56 PM
he's fooling fans,futball is a biznes,y u ddnt declined jordan's call?finishd your rubish n leave rulani
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Warras4phefeni Mar 19, 2018 03:52 PM
100% correct I hope abo Danny their ears are wide open.
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EagleEye Joined: 06 Nov 2014
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EagleEye Mar 19, 2018 03:49 PM
You should have decline the job in the first place. Your pockets are filled and now you come with this knowing that you are going or have fail the South African by not qualifying for the world cup. I bet Shakes would have qualified.
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Makaveli 99 Mar 19, 2018 01:38 PM
U are failing that's why....
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Mentashe Mar 19, 2018 01:15 PM
I FULLY AGREE WITH YOU BAXTER.
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wash & wear Joined: 27 Oct 2017
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wash & wear Mar 19, 2018 01:13 PM
thabo n rhulani are spinlesss ball boys, they must find a psl or nfd team to coach
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wash & wear Mar 19, 2018 01:10 PM
VHELE U R RIGHT BAXTER.........ONLY MY LIMPOPO BROTHERS @mix n match and @banned lwandle can send banana banana to qatar 2022 world cup

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