South Africa Picks New Coach Ahead Of Super Eagles Game
The South African national football team now have a substantive coach in Stuart Baxter after months without a 'shepherd'.
A statement from the South African Football Association (SAFA) on Thursday stated that the football body and Supersport United have agreed terms on the release of Coach Baxter from the PSL club to Bafana Bafana at the end of the current season.
Baxter will be officially unveiled as the Head Coach of Bafana Bafana by SAFA President Dr Danny Jordaan upon his return to South Africa from CAF and FIFA commitments.
The Supersport United coach will meanwhile, continue to fulfill his coaching responsibilities at the club for the remaining four Absa Premiership fixtures as well as the Nedbank Cup and Confederations Cup.
SAFA and Supersport United have agreed to work together to ensure that Baxter gets time off post the final league match on 27 May to prepare Bafana Bafana for the upcoming AFCON match against Nigeria.
SAFA said they were quite pleased that the matter concerning the hiring of a new coach had finally been settled.
“We are pleased to have finally reached an agreement with Supersport United on the release of Coach Baxter. SAFA believes that the coach has the necessary skills to navigate the tough qualification path for the Africa Cup of Nations and the FIFA World Cup. We thank Supersport United for their support towards the goals of the Association and its national teams,” said SAFA CEO Dennis Mumble.
Bafana Bafana will be up against the Super Eagles on the weekend of 9-11 in Nigeria.