Cape Town - Stuart Baxter on Friday announced his resignation as head coach from Bafana Bafana sparking a huge reaction from the public across social media platforms.
The 65-year-old brought an end to a turbulent second spell in charge of the men's national team just over two years into a five-year contract as he was given the challenge of guiding Bafana Bafana to the 2022 Soccer World Cup in Qatar.
"I feel that I cannot continue to work with the required professionalism and passion as I have done," Baxter said. "Also to deal with the many issues involved with this programme."
The former SuperSport United mentor's announcement sent shock-waves through South African football with him soon the top trending topic across social media.
Here are some of the reactions to Baxter's resignation:
After you find out Stuart Baxter has resigned pic.twitter.com/mDSZMKuKWW— Mabushi Mawela (@Mr_Mawela) August 2, 2019
Stuart Baxter wanted to tell us what we want as a nation, have a great journey— Makuya alusani (@mcCaillou_10) August 2, 2019
Ernst Middendorp right now after seeing that Stuart Baxter has resigned as Bafana Bafana coach with immediate effect... pic.twitter.com/6fnt0hPtdz— Sundowns Fanatic ?? (@Madumetja_SoLo) August 2, 2019
It's time for GAVIN HUNT to take over— Sipho Mbonani (@SayYankee) August 2, 2019
I wanted that before Stuart Baxter was appointed
We want Gavin Hunt as a coach and Benny Mccathy as assistant plz, those are the only qualified candidates coaches we need in SA.... Stuart Baxter has played his part, he fought hard to to make our South African football great... We need Gavin Hunt and Benny as our coaches plz— @power_to_ma™Afrika™ (@ModikoaL) August 2, 2019
Stuart Baxter must never be our national coach ever again...— Charlie Cesc Makgoba (@CWharlie4) August 2, 2019
He must just go and manage Chiefs for Good. pic.twitter.com/rjawdlZZvB
Benni if he is smart and doesnt wana damage his coaching career this early, must stay away from Bafana Post. That team can make Pep Guardiola look ordinary. Stuart Baxter did his best there, we just dont have the team to compete in the world. stop fooling yourselves SA.— Mjay (@Machidi_Madisha) August 2, 2019
The problem with bafana bafana is never the players nor the coach, it's the same thing Benny, Pitso, Mashaba and now Stuart Baxter complained about— Muhammad Tim ???? (@maTIMba_Miyambu) August 2, 2019
....The damn administrators led by this fool ???? pic.twitter.com/jA8bwNk4Bw