The South African Football Association (Safa) announced on Thursday afternoon that Stuart Baxter has been appointed as the new coach of Bafana Bafana.
However, the news of the 63-year-old’s appointment has been received with mixed feelings by many within the South African football fraternity, considering his first stint with the national team was less than inspiring.
The latest to add his voice to the coach’s appointment has been Mamelodi Sundowns’ coach Pitso Mosimane. The former Bafana Bafana coach has stated that Gavin Hunt was his preferred choice for South African football’s top job.
“You know who my candidate was for Bafana Bafana‚” Mosimane told Times Media.
“Gavin Hunt should have been given a run before Stuart and Bra Shakes (Shakes Mashaba).
“Let him get a chance‚ you understand what I am trying to say. Hunt has done very well in the country and he is about to win the league.
“Honestly speaking‚ I thought he deserved to be given a chance and I would have supported him," Mosimane expressed.
Nonetheless, Mosimane has given Baxter his backing and is confident that the Briton will build a positive relationship with his domestic counterparts.
“I would support Baxter because I am a South African and I would like to see you guys (the media) go to the World Cup,” Mosimane said.
“He is credible‚ he is the right one in terms of organisation‚ knowing the country. I am not talking about taking the team to the World Cup and Cup of Nations before‚ but I am talking about principles.
“Trust me‚ Stuart (Baxter) is going to call local coaches to say‚ let’s talk about what do you think‚ where‚ how and what,” Mosimane added.
“He is going to do that. Carlos (Alberto) Parreira did it‚ I did it‚ Gordon Igesund never did it and I don’t know the reasons behind that.
“I will support Bafana Bafana and Stuart and I was also going to support Huntie (Hunt) if he was given the opportunity,” Mosimane concluded.