Stuart Baxter was given a chance to coach Bafana in 2004 and it didn’t work out. It would now be naïve for SAFA to expect different results.
Furthermore, Baxter believes in experienced players, which you can see in his team at SuperSport United. The likes of Morgan Gould, Tefu Mashamaite, Reneilwe ‘Yeye’ Letsholonyane, Mandla Masango, Onismor Bhasera and Kingston Nkhatha are all between the ages of 27 and 34.
Even at Kaizer Chiefs, Baxter never really showed faith in youngsters. So, his arrival at Bafana might mean the likes of Percy Tau and Phakamani Mahlambi could be second choice to the likes of Siphiwe Tshabalala, Bernard Parker, and Thamsanqa Gabuza if Baxter takes the job.
The only difference between Baxter and former coach, Shakes Mashaba is how they handle interviews. Otherwise, they are the same in terms of playing style. They believe in the so-called “hard working” strikers, who miss clear cut chances, like Gabuza and Nkhatha. There will be no faith in youth, and, without youth, there is no future. If SAFA hire Baxter, it will be bad for the promising future of Bafana.
Keeping Owen Da Gama in charge would be a much better idea than hiring someone who only believes in the players he once worked with. With Baxter, we will only see Chiefs and SuperSport players in Bafana squads, like he did when he took over at SuperSport.