Bafana Bafana

Stuart Baxter hits back at Jomo Sono

2019-08-15 13:13
Matsilele Sono and Jomo Sono (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Former Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter has slammed Jomo Sono for suggesting he picked his squads based on the influence of agents.

Baxter recently stepped down from the national team job after seeing Bafana bow out of the Africa Cup of Nations tournament in the quarter-final stages.

Nonetheless, Sono came out and accused the Englishman of being influenced by agents in terms of selecting certain players.

He told the Sowetan: "Because, in my own opinion, we need a coach who will select the players not by what he is told, and by whom he is told.

"That's the impression I have when I look from afar, from a distance.

"That most of the players who are in there are from a bunch of one agent. One agent maybe has got six or seven players in there.

"I had that problem (of agents trying to influence). I'm talking from experience. And, because I'm crazy, they never got close to me.

"That's the impression I got. With due respect, some of the players, talking about Bafana Bafana, didn't really deserve to be there (at Egypt 2019) wearing the jersey.

"I can quote two, but I don't want to because they are professionals. I'm also a professional coach. If I mention their names, I'm destroying their professional careers.

"But two players there, I don't know how they got there. But that is Mr Baxter's selection."

As such, Baxter hit back telling the publication shortly before returning to his home in Sweden: "He's talking nonsense. The facts don't support what he's saying. Why don't people just move on?

"I can tell him that if there is one coach over the last 20 years who has not done what he says, it's me."

Read more on:    bafana bafana  |  jomo sono  |  stuart baxter  |  soccer

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Vote

After Stuart Baxter stepped down as Bafana Bafana head coach, who would you like to see take over?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The 2019/20 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.