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Baxter The Front Runner For Bafana Bafana Job

It was reported recently by the Siya crew that SuperSport will demand hefty compensation from SAFA if they are to let the Englishman leave their club, although it appears that the governing body still want to bring him on board.
SAFA are in a mad rush to try and find Shakes Mashaba’s replacement at present as they approach this month’s international friendlies with an interim head coach – Owen da Gama – and it is now believed that they have made it their mission to bring Baxter on board.
According to Siya sources within both SAFA and Matsatsantsa, there is a real possibility of the former Kaizer Chiefs coach returning to Bafana Bafana for his second stint, although there have been no personal talks at this stage.
If, after SAFA and SuperSport meet, the club give the association permission to speak to their head coach, then their next challenge will be to persuade the man himself that the job is right for him.
Baxter – who had been discussing a new SuperSport contract – has said in the past that we would need to know that there was a ‘real job’ that was ‘looking to set things right in this country’, and if they can convince him that that is the case then they may be able to sign him up.
However, even if terms are agreed – between club and country, and country and Baxter – it remains to be seen whether he would leave immediately or, given SuperSport's title push, wait until the end of the season.
Simon Mkhize

Simon Mkhize

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