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Life After Baxter, SAFA Confirm Fixture For New Coach

Bafana To Face Zambia Next Month

by Soccer Laduma

Aug 21, 2019 02:31 PM

Tags: Stuart Baxter Molefi Ntseki Bafana Bafana SAFA AFCON 2019

It’s just under a month since Stuart Baxter resigned as Bafana Bafana coach and it has now been confirmed that a new era will begin on September 7. 

Today the SA Football Association announced via the national team Twitter account that a friendly against neighbouring country Zambia has been arranged on that date, which falls under the Fifa calendar and will be played at the Nkoloma Stadium in Lusaka.  

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Baxter quit shortly after returning from the Africa Cup of Nations with Bafana and guiding them to their first ever quarter-final finish since 2002, away from home.

He was then almost immediately replaced with his assistant Molefi Ntseki, though the Englishman is likely to still be consulting for the association until a permanent coach has been appointed. Ntseki is interim coach. 

The friendly against Zambia will give him a chance to raise his hand for the job on a full-time basis after president Danny Jordaan confirmed that a task team will be looking at various options to replace Baxter.  

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Aug 28, 2019 07:04 PM

@Soni_JX So who do you recommend for the job? Not that I agree with you - because I don't.

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Aug 22, 2019 08:59 AM

A successeful club football coach is not necessary a good national team coach. Again here the SA football faithfools are going to get another lesson. It looks like we are in a VERY LONG LEARNING CURVE. Club football where a coach spends more than 280 days a year with players almost 4 hours in every of that day is much more different to national team coaching. National team coaching allows one to spend just 3-5 days a month within a pool of +50 nation's players who have a potential to represent their country. A national team coach spends most of his time running around profilling the country's players' development trail, form, game time, attitude, physical state, availability, patriotic state of mind.......instead of players technical development, tactical aptitude, philosophical adaptations, system & combination mastering, and physical conditioning (being done at club coaching level).

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Aug 22, 2019 06:35 AM

@muzi-thwala0 shakes mashaba is dead?

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