South African Football Association (SAFA) has announced Supersport United FC manager, Stuart Baxter as the new coach of Bafana Bafana ahead of next month 2019 AFCON qualifier in Uyo, Naijafootballplus.com can report.
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.
SAFA and Supersport United have agreed to work together to ensure that the Baxter gets time off post the final league match on 27 May to prepare Bafana Bafana for the upcoming AFCON match against Nigeria.
Supersport United CEO Stanley Matthews wished Baxter the best of luck for his second term as Bafana Bafana Head Coach.
“We obviously did not want to lose Stuart as our Coach. He has done a great job in getting us to the competitive level we expect as a Club, however, we also understand that Stuart would like to have a final go at competing at a
FIFA World Cup and that would be a fantastic achievement for the country as a whole,” said Matthews.
SAFA is also pleased that the matter has finally been settled.
“We are pleased to have finally reached 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,” SAFA CEO Dennis Mumble.
Baxter joined Supersport United in January 2016 and led Matsatsantsa to a Top 8 finish and won them the Nedbank Cup trophy with a victory over Orlando Pirates on May 2016.
This season Supersport United reached the Telkom Cup Final and will face Chippa United in the Nedbank Cup semi final on the 20 May.
Nigeria will host South Africa in the second week in May in Uyo, matchday one fixture of the 2019 AFCON qualifiers.
Source: SAFA Media.