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Gavin Hunt 'confirms' Stuart Baxter as Bafana coach

2017-04-03 09:11
Stuart Baxter (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Bidvest Wits coach Gavin Hunt has said that SuperSport United counterpart Stuart Baxter will soon be confirmed as the new Bafana Bafana head coach.

Hunt - who himself was linked with the vacant Bafana post - confirmed to TimesLive that he at no point was contacted by the South African Football Association (SAFA).

While saying that he believed the SAFA officials now had finally gotten their man in the form of Baxter.

"They (SAFA) can’t call me can they? They’ve got Baxter already haven’t they?‚" Hunt said in his trademark forthright manner.

"They have made their decision. They have tried to get three or four coaches and they didn’t get them."

Sport24 previously reported that Baxter was due to meet with SAFA to discuss a possible return to the Bafana Bafana helm.

The former Kaizer Chiefs manager was previously in charge of the national team from May 2004 to November 2005, when he was sacked after failing to qualify for the 2006 Soccer World Cup.

SAFA are searching for a new permanent manager after Shakes Mashaba was relieved of his duties in November last year - with Owen da Gama having since been appointed on an interim basis.

SAFA have failed to name a new coach after a number of coaches were linked to the post with a shortlist announced that included names such as Carlos Queiroz, Herve Renard and Hugo Broos.

After failing to land any of those targets for various reasons, SAFA now look to have settled on Baxter as the man to lead the national team.

Baxter has reportedly been offered R1 million a month to take over the reigns as national team coach which SuperSport United have found hard to counter.

Meanwhile Bafana Bafana have gone on to extend a record 17-game unbeaten run after international friendly fixtures against Guinea-Bissau and Angola.

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