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EDITORIAL: Safa remains master of the own goal

2017-05-07 06:25
IN A FIX Stuart Baxter’s pending move might have affected his players. Picture: Samuel Shivambu / Backpagepix

IN A FIX Stuart Baxter’s pending move might have affected his players. Picture: Samuel Shivambu / Backpagepix

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Once again, Safa has lived up to its reputation as that bunch of individuals who are not capable of organising a piss-up in a brewhouse.

Mzansi’s football governing body has become so proficient at messing up even the simplest of tasks that their public rating has fallen to a ridiculous level.

The latest saga is Safa’s appointment of Shakes Mashaba’s replacement.

Its ineptitude and indecisiveness have ensured that Stuart Baxter’s appointment on Thursday was a messy business.

It puts him squarely where most of his predecessors have been: being set up for failure.

After bungling the lengthy search for a replacement, it left Baxter in an unenviable position.

For starters, the Brit will only assume his Bafana duties after his current team, SuperSport United, play their last league game on May 27.

It could be even later if United makes it to the Nedbank Cup final, which is on June 24.

This will give him a tiny window to prepare for his first assignment: a tough Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier against Bafana’s nemesis, Nigeria, next month.

Like most of his predecessors, Baxter has a two-pronged mission on his second coming: to qualify the national team for the 2018 Fifa World Cup in Russia as well as Afcon a year later.

World Cup qualifiers resume with back-to-back matches against Cape Verde on the last weekend of August and first week of September.

If that is not a fix, tell us what is.

The messing up of what could easily have been a smooth transition has now left Baxter with a mountain to climb.

Baxter is a great coach, but he has definitely been handed a poisoned chalice.

Did we hear someone ask, what’s new?


Read more on:    bafana bafana  |  safa  |  supersport united  |  stuart baxter  |  shakes mashaba  |  afcon

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