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Baxter: I'm not fuelled by past failure in Africa

Stuart Baxter (Gallo Images)
Stuart Baxter (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter has played down the significance of his past continental failures ahead of South Africa's clash against Libya on Saturday in an Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier. 

Baxter failed to guide Kaizer Chiefs to the group stages of the CAF Champions League during his three-year stint at the club despite picking up league titles in 2013 and 2015.

He fared better with SuperSport United, leading them to the 2017 CAF Confederation Cup group stage before taking on the Bafana job.

However, he received criticism for his team selection in continental matches.

Baxter previously claimed that the decision to use fringe players during his time at Kaizer Chiefs was not his, but he has now nevertheless admitted that conquering Africa is not his biggest ambition - even as Bafana coach.

“I'd love to say that the driving force is that I want success on the continent, but it's not really true," Baxter told New Frame.

“The driving force for me is to develop the game with South Africa. The driving force is to develop a team that will do well on the continent.

“Personally, I don't feel that I need to prove anything in that respect. I've been successful in every other avenue that I have taken on.

“Even if I was to qualify for the AFCON, I don't feel that personally would give me more kudos than before.”

The 65-year-old has presided over failed attempts to qualify for the 2006 and 2018 FIFA World Cup tournaments but having claimed victory over Nigeria in their opening AFCON qualifying group game, South Africa will be in a promising position to progress should they see of Libya at the Moses Mabhida Stadium.

Kick-off is at 15:00.

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