Absa Premiership

Mokoena: Baxter to Chiefs would be bad for SA football

2018-07-06 09:56
Stuart Baxter (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Former Bafana captain Aaron Mokoena has said that it would be bad for South African football if Stuart Baxter left the national team to re-join Kaizer Chiefs

Baxter enjoyed a successful spell as Amakhosi coach, winning their last Premiership title in 2014/15. He then moved on to SuperSport United before taking over the national team in 2017. 

Chiefs have yet to appoint a permanent successor to Steve Komphela, who resigned in April following fan violence. Baxter has been linked with a move back to his old club. 

"It obviously, especially from SAFA's point of view, won't be ideal for the national team," Mokoena said, according to KickOff

"If it is confirmed that he is leaving, it will not be good for South African football, especially the national team." 

Centre-back Mokoena earned an astonishing 107 caps for Bafana in a glittering career, which saw him represent the likes of AFC Ajax, Blackburn Rovers, Portsmouth and Bidvest Wits at club level. 

The 37-year-old's career coincided with Baxter's first spell in charge of Bafana, which ended after he failed to guide them to 2006 World Cup qualification.

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