Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter has joined a growing list of DStv Premiership mentors hitting out at their Bafana Bafana counterpart Hugo Broos.
It was Rulani Mokwena who fired the first salvo by lamenting poor communication from the national team coach regarding Mamelodi Sundowns players, then his opposite number at Orlando Pirates in Mandla Ncikazi also blasted the Belgian.
This week it was Baxter…
His gripe was over remarks Broos made that Njabulo Ngcobo, who Baxter has been using mostly as a central midfielder, is a defender!
What’s odd, however, is that Broos himself has been deploying the player in a similar position, though he argued, after announcing his 24-man squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Zimbabwe and Ghana, that he’d picked Ngcobo as a centre back.
“I think it’s unfortunate that we get a discussion about it here (with the press) because Hugo could come to the Village and make a club visit. Then we can discuss what we think about players because we work on a different way than the national coach – I’ve been the national coach, so I know,” Baxter told journalists.
“We see the players everyday compared to him, we see the balance within our squad and we see where he (Ngcobo) can do the job. Now, I would willingly have a discussion about that with the national coach, if he wanted to come to the Village. But I’ve never seen him, so I have to have the conversation with you. I’ve got my sports science department talking about what they do on national team camp, but I don’t discuss that with the media.”
A former Bafana coach over two spells, Baxter insisted that he would happily give Broos intel on a few other players he would be keen on selecting in the near future from the Amakhosi camp – only if they sat down together.
“I’ve got my opinions about what Bafana do, but I’ve got respect for a colleague. I don’t have the conversation with you guys. Hugo is welcome at the Village and we can discuss Ngcobo, (Njabulo) Blom, Kegan (Dolly) and Bruce Bvuma – we can discuss all of our candidates for Bafana. I will give my honest opinion. But it’s him (Broos) who is the man that picks the team, so if he thinks he is a defender, he picks him as a defender,” Baxter concluded.
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