I want Bafana Bafana to unite South Africa, says Stuart Baxter

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The new Bafana Bafana coach outlined his future plans for the national team at a press conference on Monday

The South African Football Association (Safa) officially unveiled Stuart Baxter as the new Bafana Bafana coach at a press conference on Monday afternoon.

As expected the 63-year-old Briton revealed his future plans for the national team. The coach admitted that although, his previous stint was less than inspiring his ultimate ambition is to unite the South African football fraternity.

“I feel a little deja vu to be honest,” Baxter told the media.

“When I was here the first time, I wasn’t very successful.

“When I first came here there was a feeling of negativity. Even when I took over at Kaizer Chiefs there was a whole lot of negativity but I changed all that through the results I produced.

“My first thing is to unite the whole football fraternity. Of course, in the short term I want to win games,” Baxter added.

“I came because I see greater things which Safa is trying to build for this great country.

“I want Bafana Bafana to unite South Africa in the long term. If we do that we will become a powerhouse of football,” Baxter said.

Baxter has been criticised in the past for his reluctance to utilise younger players, but the coach maintains that the development of youngsters will be his focus.

“I will give whatever I can to develop young players,” Baxter said.

“I will offer my advice wherever it is needed. I’m really looking forward to this latest challenge. If I wasn’t ready I wouldn’t have accepted the challenge.

“I am looking forward towards my new task with Bafana and we will compete.

“I believe that the nation has enough good players to be very competitive,” Baxter expressed.

Looking forward, Baxter has also stated that he will be keeping tabs on South Africa’s foreign based contingent.

“I will be going abroad to watch players who ply their trade there. I will watch every South African. And they will get a fair chance,” Baxter stated.

Meanwhile, Safa have given clarity on the duration of the coach’s contract.

“Baxter has been handed a five-year contract,” Safa CEO Dennis Mumble confirmed.

“What we have done in the past is that we hire from World Cup to World Cup. So in effect, it’s a five-year contract,” Mumble concluded.


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