06 May, 2017
South African Football Association (SAFA) have appointed Stuart Baxter as the new coach of their national team following an announcement on Thursday.
The former midfielder succeeds local Ephraim "Shakes" Mashaba, who was sacked last December after publicly insulting SAFA officials, including president Danny Jordaan.
SuperSport United have given SAFA an ultimatum until the end of business today to decide if they want to employ their current coach Stuart Baxter.
But he quit the tough job in November 2005 after he failed to qualify the side for the 2006 Soccer World Cup.
Baxter holds the record of the only coach who have guided South Africa to victory over Nigeria, and he will be eyeing same when his team travel to Uyo on the 10th of June.
The former midfielder has also coached in Japan with Sanfrecce Hiroshima and Vissel Kobe, as well as with Swedish giants AIK and Genclerbirligi in 2015.
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The SuperSport coach will meanwhile, continue to fulfill his coaching responsibilities at the club for the remaining four ABSA Premiership fixtures as well as the Nedbank Cup and Confederation Cup.
"But right now our focus‚ and that of Stuart's‚ has to be on a strong finish to the League‚ becoming the first club to retain the Nedbank Cup and to fight our way through the group stages of the CAF Confederation Cup‚" Matthews said in a statement.
SuperSport United manager, Stuart Baxter, is believed to be the coach SAFA has been in talks with, for a possible return to the Bafana Bafana job.
However, the five-month search ended as SuperSport United and SAFA reached an agreement for Baxter.
He will get a second bite of the cherry, as South Africa sit second of Group D in the CAF World Cup qualifiers, behind Burkina Faso.
Baxter joined SuperSport United in January previous year and led Matsatsantsa to a top-eight finish.