It was reported last week that the South African Football Association (Safa) was given permission to conduct talks with SuperSport United coach Stuart Baxter over the vacant Bafana Bafana job. Safa president Danny Jordaan is eager to find a replacement for Shakes Mashaba, who was sacked in December 2016.
According to reports, the Matsatsantsa tactician is believed to be very interested in the job and SuperSport’s CEO Stanley Matthews has given the strongest hint yet, that the 63-year-old will return to the position, which he vacated in 2005.
“Nothing has been finalised yet,” Matthews told The Star.
“We have asked for a conclusion by Friday because we cannot have this go on for longer. It can have some serious repercussions to our plans this season.
“We can’t hold Stuart back if he feels he wants to take the opportunity, but we need to be prepared for life after him,” he added.
However, the chief executive has reiterated the club’s stance that Baxter will only be allowed to leave at the end of SuperSport’s current campaign.
“We are still not prepared to allow him to go before the end of the season because that will hurt us,” Matthews said.
“We have big league games coming up and we want to be the first team to retain the Nedbank Cup and could go all the way in the Caf Confederation Cup,” Matthews continued.
Matthews also explained that this was not the first time that Safa has come calling for one of their employees and they hope that the matter could be settled as soon as possible.
“It is not the first time they come in for one of us,” Matthews explained.
“When they wanted Pitso (Mosimane) all those years ago, he went. They asked for Thomas Madigage to assist Gordon Igesund and he went. When Gavin Hunt was still our coach they asked if he could come in for an interview for the Bafana job and he went. So we are not unhappy, but of course this can be a period of uncertainty, which is why we would have this wrapped up quickly,” Matthews concluded.