The South African Football Association (SAFA) has confirmed the appointment of Stuart Baxter as Bafana Bafana head coach.
Already, SAFA CEO, Dennis Mumble has finalised both the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and the long-term contract for the coach.
Now, Stuart Baxter as the head coach of the South African Senior Men’s National Team will focus on preparing Bafana Bafana for the 2018 FIFA World Cup and the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.
Commenting, SAFA President, Dr Danny Jordaan welcomed Stuart Baxter’s appointment proclaiming him the right man for the job.
Jordaan said: “As the South African Football Association, we are pleased to welcome Stuart Baxter back at Bafana Bafana.
“We are confident we have made the right choice and with him at the 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!”
Speaking, Stuart Baxter expressed that he’s excited to be back with the Bafana Bafana team.
“I am back in this seat because I have belief,” he started. “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. This is not an easy task I am going into but I have confidence that we will overcome,” finished the new coach.
The new coach has started preparing for the upcoming match against Nigeria on Saturday, 10 June 2017 in Uyo, Nigeria.