South Africa’s head coach Baxter quits
By Fred Uchela
Stuart Baxter has stepped down as head coach of South Africa’s national football team, Bafana Bafana.
Baxter who guided the team to the quarter finals of the just concluded 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Egypt made the announcement on Friday.
“Someone should continue with this project and therefore I am resigning as Bafana Bafana coach,” said Baxter who took over the position in May, 2017 after he was released by Supersport United FC.
At the 2019 AFCON under Baxter the Bafana Bafana kick started the tournament with a 1-0 defeat to Ivory Coast before beating Namibia by the same margin. They lost the last group game 1-0 to Morocco, but qualified as one of the best third placed teams. In the Group of 16 they shocked hosts Egypt 1-0 before falling 2-1 to Nigeria at the quarter final stage.
The experienced Baxter was born in England. He played professionally for a number of clubs in England, Scotland, Australia, Sweden and in the United States.
He has previously managed clubs in Sweden, Norway, Portugal, Japan and South Africa. In international football, he has managed South Africa twice as well as Finland and the England under-19 team.