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Baxter not 'fully closing the door' on SA return

2020-04-17 10:03
Stuart Baxter
Stuart Baxter (Gallo Images)

Former Bafana Bafana and Kaizer Chiefs head coach Stuart Baxter admits that he does see himself returning to South Africa in the future.

The Scotsman, who is currently in Sweden, left his post as the national men's soccer coach last year and has since taken a breather from the beautiful game.

Baxter, who also had a stint with SuperSport United, guided South Africa to the 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) quarter-finals in Egypt for the first time since the 2013 edition.

The 66-year-old has been successful in local football and has won two Absa Premiership crowns, three Nedbank Cup titles and an MTN8 gong with Amakhosi and Matsatsantsa, respectively.

But now with the coronavirus pandemic bringing a stop to sport around the globe, Baxter remains optimistic that he will soon return to the dugout - whether in South Africa or elsewhere in the world. 

"Look, nothing during my time in South Africa over the years would make me decide to fully close the door on a return," said Baxter as quoted by Soccer Laduma.

"I spent a large chunk of my adult life in South Africa, I have many great friends and colleagues there, and currently have a family of mine living there. Of course, a return would never be completely off the cards.

"But that being said, it would have to be the right project for me, and there’s been contact from other parts of the world that could be genuine options for me once the coronavirus pandemic has sorted itself out a bit.

"There have been no offers from South Africa, and that’s the situation right now."

- Compiled by Tashreeq Vardien


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