Baxter back to Bafana coaching job, well, what are the odds?

2017-04-06 06:03
Former national coach Stuart Baxter nay get his old job back.

Former national coach Stuart Baxter nay get his old job back.

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Stuart Baxter is the man that SAFA wants to bring in as the head coach of Bafana Bafana, and it wouldn’t be the first time they’ve thought he was the best man for the job.

The Englishman’s first stint with the national team came between 2004 and 2005 when he was appointed as an attempt to qualify for the 2006 World Cup in Germany, however, he left before the end of his contract after he was unsuccessful in that aim.

Now, just over 11 years after he left the Bafana job, Baxter is believed to be SAFA’s favourite to take over from Shakes Mashaba, having gained several years of experience in South Africa since his last spell.

In the last few years the former Kaizer Chiefs head coach has won two Absa Premiership titles, two Nedbank Cup trophies and an MTN8 gong, managing success with both the Amakhosi and SuperSport United - but how was his time with Bafana?

Baxter had a 43.4% win ratio between 2004 and 2005, winning 10 of his 23 games in charge and losing nine. Four of them ended in draws.

Bafana missed out on a spot in the 2006 WC after four defeats in a qualification group that included Ghana – who qualified – as well as the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde and Uganda. They lost to the Black Stars in two of those games.

Baxter’s Bafana stint included highs of victories over Mexico, Tunisia, Nigeria – the last time they beat them – and a Gold Cup quarter-final appearance as guests in the United States of America. They also put on a valiant performance against Germany in a 4-2 defeat.

His lows were the defeats in World Cup qualifiers to Ghana, Burkina Faso and the DRC.

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