Bafana Bafana legend Shaun Bartlett joins Stuart Baxter's coaching staff

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The former Bafana Bafana star is set to begin work with the national team ahead of the Afcon qualifier against Seychelles

Former Bafana Bafana star Shaun Bartlett is set to join Stuart Baxter’s technical team ahead of the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Seychelles.

The South Africa national team are set to come up against the islanders in two back-to-back qualifiers on October 13 and 16, respectively. 

Bafana most recently played out to a goalless with Libya and will know that nothing less than victory will do against bottom of the table Seychelles.

Nonetheless, Baxter is certainly no stranger to roping in former internationals to assist him. The 65-year-old has previously worked with the likes of Quinton Fortune and Helman Mkhalele, and will hope that the introduction of Bartlett will influence his side positively.

Bartlett is not short on experience as he has not only played for Bafana in big tournaments, but he has also featured for European clubs such as Charlton Athletic and FC Zurich during his playing days, as well as enjoying a stint with Kaizer Chiefs among others in South Africa.  

The centre-forward is South Africa’s second highest scoring player behind Benni McCarthy. 

"Shaun will also be joining the coaching staff on a game-by-game basis, this will give us a chance at first to see if he likes us and we in turn like him,” Baxter told the media at a press conference on Monday.

Bartlett has also gained experience as a coach having worked with the likes of Golden Arrows and University of Pretoria in recent years.

Meanwhile, Baxter revealed that Orlando Pirates Vincent Pule and Mamelodi Sundowns’ Thapelo Morena will undergo scans before a decision is made on whether or not to call up a replacement.

Pule missed Bucs’ league encounter against AmaZulu, while Morena pulled up in the warm up against Bidvest Wits.

"We're going to have the players scanned," Baxter explained.

"After that we will make a call whether we need to call up replacements," he added.

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