South African Football Association (SAFA) unveiled the new Bafana Bafana coach, Stuart Baxter at a press conference at the SAFA house on Monday afternoon.
Baxter has signed a five-year contract.
SAFA president Dr Danny Jordaan is convinced that in Baxter, they have appointed the right man.
“As SAFA we are pleased to welcome Stuart Baxter back at Bafana Bafana. We are confident we have made the right choice and with him at helm, we will qualify for both the World Cup in 2018 and the Africa Cup of Nations in 2019.
“With our search, we made sure we go for the right man for the job and we would like to thank the media for keeping us on our toes with this appointment – because at the end of it all this is our team, all of us. Good luck to the new coach,” said Dr Jordaan.
Baxter is happy to be back and has called for unity.
“I am back in this seat because I have belief – I believe that with the wealth of talent in this country we can qualify for things. While I know that this position goes with a lot of criticism, I also believe that if we work together as a country and take out all the negativity we can get somewhere. So my appeal is, with your support this national team can be great again – criticise if you must, but support is crucial,” said Baxter.
“This is not an easy task I am going into, but I have confidence that we will overcome.”
Baxter will begin his second term with Bafana Bafana with a match against Nigeria on Saturday, 10 June 2017 in Uyo, Nigeria.
Written by: Diski Voice