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Kaizer Chiefs’ Baxter: Al Ahly will be devastated if they don’t beat us in the Caf Champions League final
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Kaizer Chiefs’ Baxter: Al Ahly will be devastated if they don’t beat us in the Caf Champions League final

The 67-year-old concedes his charges come into the match as underdogs but remains optimistic of positive results Stuart Baxter believes Al Ahly will be devastated if they do not beat his team Kaizer Chiefs in the Caf Champions League final in Casablanca, Morocco on Saturday night. Amakhosi come into the match with the hope of securing their maiden continental title while the Red Devils are targeting their 10th crown. It is a match that has been anticipated by Chiefs supporters who are optimistic their team can defy the odds and end the season on a high. The Britton concedes his charges come into the match as underdogs but remains optimistic his players can win the final.
Baxter: Kaizer Chiefs appoint former Bafana Bafana coach for second stint
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Baxter: Kaizer Chiefs appoint former Bafana Bafana coach for second stint

The Englishman is back to work in South Africa, nearly two years after he left his role as the national team tactician Kaizer Chiefs have announced the appointment of Stuart Baxter as coach, replacing Gavin Hunt who was fired almost two weeks ago. Baxter has signed a two-year contract with an option to extend by a further two years and will be assisted by Arthur Zwane and Dillon Sheppard who were interim co-coaches after being part of Hunt's backroom staff. First on the Englishman's schedule will be Amakhosi's trip to Morocco to take on Wydad Casablanca in a Caf Champions League, semi-final, first leg match on June 19.
Bafana coach Stuart Baxter has already taken a decision on his future
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Bafana coach Stuart Baxter has already taken a decision on his future

Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter knows the decision he is going to take on his future‚ but he cannot reveal it just yet. After Bafana bowed out of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) having progressed a lot further than skeptical fans at home might have predicted‚ Baxter said he knows what his future holds. Bafana were knocked out of the tournament after they lost 2-1 to Nigeria in the quarter-finals on Wednesday night. The coach has hinted for months now that he might leave the national team job regardless of how they performed at Egypt 2019. At a breakfast with journalists early in the year‚ before Bafana had qualified for the Afcon‚ Baxter said he might leave even if they beat Libya - which they did in Tunisia to qualify for the tournament. Baxter was asked as he le...
Zungu and Furman back under-fire Baxter to continue as Bafana Bafana coach
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Zungu and Furman back under-fire Baxter to continue as Bafana Bafana coach

There have been calls for the 65-year-old trainer to resign as Bafana coach after the Southern African side was defeated by the Super Eagles The South African internationals have backed coach Stuart Baxter to continue with his duties as the Bafana Bafana head coach. The British tactician's future has been in doubt after Bafana crashed out of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) finals in Egypt. The 1996 Afcon winners were eliminated from the continental tournament after losing to Nigeria's Super Eagles in a quarter-final match on Wednesday.
Afcon 2019: Safa boss Jordaan unimpressed by Bafana Bafana after Ivory Coast defeat
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Afcon 2019: Safa boss Jordaan unimpressed by Bafana Bafana after Ivory Coast defeat

The head of Safa has certainly not been pleased with what he has seen from Bafana so far Bafana recently started their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations campaign with a defeat, and while head coach Stuart Baxter was defiant following the result, South Africa Football Association (Safa) president Danny Jordan was not as optimistic. Bafana were edged out by a solitary Jonathan Kodjia strike which put Ivory Coast level on points with Morocco in Group D, and Jordaan hasn't held back his criticism of the performance. “I was not impressed, let me just stop at that, because it is really for the coaches to pick the team and to organise the formation, and to instruct the players on what to do,” Jordaan was quoted as saying by Phakaaathi.
‘I’m Disappointed! “- Baxter Laments At South Africa Draw Against Nigeria
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‘I’m Disappointed! “- Baxter Laments At South Africa Draw Against Nigeria

Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter has expressed his disappointment following their 1-1 draw against Nigeria in their penultimate 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on Saturday afternoon. The British-born mentor admitted that his men were not brave enough when it mattered most and will now have to fight until the death against Libya in their final match in Group E. “I’m disappointed a little bit and I’m proud a little bit. We’ve taken four points off the Super Eagles and the only goal we’ve conceded so far in the tournament is an own goal,” Baxter told SuperSport TV. “I’m disappointed that we weren’t braver, we said at half-time, we give them problems when we get through and get our movements, we run people away and challenge them one v one,” added the coach. Reflecting on...
Bafana Bafana Coach, Baxter Risks Sack
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Bafana Bafana Coach, Baxter Risks Sack

Stuart Baxter will be sacked as head coach of Bafana Bafana should the national team fail to qualify for the 2019 edition of the Africa Cup of Nations which will be held in Cameroon. This is according to a report by local publication Sport24, which claims to have been reliably informed of Baxter’s future. Baxter’s second spell hasn’t been too rosy with Bafana having failed to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals, while they have also failed to win the Cosafa Cup on two occasions despite being the hosts. When Baxter took over from Owen Da Gama, who had replaced Shakes Mashaba on an interim basis, Bafana were strong favourites to win their group and qualify for the FIFA World Cup finals.
South Africa Recall Serero For Nigeria Clash
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South Africa Recall Serero For Nigeria Clash

South Africa have recalled Thulani Serero for a key 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Group E qualifier against Nigeria on November 17 in Soweto despite his refusal to play last year. The 28-year-old midfielder, who plays for Dutch club Vitesse, ignored a call-up last year after coach Stuart Baxter rejected his demand for a starting place. “Thulani has given us his word that he is fully committed to playing for the national team again,” Baxter said. “He is a quiet boy in the dressing room and I am working on the assumption that everybody can make a mistake. “This is a second chance for Thulani and he has the quality that we need in our attacking game against Nigeria.” Serero, Lebo Mothiba of Strasbourg, Dino Ndlovu of Zhejiang Greentown in China and Percy Tau from Belgian outfit Royal Union S...
Baxter names Bafana squad for Nigeria clash
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Baxter names Bafana squad for Nigeria clash

Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter has named a 23-man squad to play Nigeria in their crucial 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier. South Africa will welcome the Super Eagles to FNB Stadium on Saturday, November 17 for a Group E clash. Baxter's charges convincingly beat the African giants 2-0 in the first-leg at the famous Godswill Akpabio Stadium in June last year courtesy of goals from Tokelo Rantie and Percy Tau. After four rounds of (of six) matches played, the Super Eagles lead Group E with 9 points, one ahead of South Africa, who have accumulated 8 points from two wins and two draws. Libya are in third place with 4 points, followed by the Seychelles on 1 point. The top two sides in the group will progress to next year's AFCON tournament to be held in Cameroon fro...
Baxter Encourages Positive Mindset Ahead Of Seychelles Tussle
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Baxter Encourages Positive Mindset Ahead Of Seychelles Tussle

South Africa will be overwhelming favourites when they take to the field against the Seychelles in Soweto on Saturday, but considering the country's poor record against so called 'underdogs', it is no surprise that some quarters are worried about what might transpire in the next week. Bafana Bafana are at home to the Islanders before taking on the same opponents in Victoria on Tuesday. The Seychelles currently occupy 189th spot in the latest FIFA World Rankings and are the lowest ranked team in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers. Stuart Baxter, though, wants his troops to focus on what they have to win, instead of what they have to lose with six points from a possible six to fire South Africa into a strong position with two qualifiers remaining. “Nigeria has some of the ...
South Africa Better Than Nigeria, Senegal – Coach Stuart Baxter
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South Africa Better Than Nigeria, Senegal – Coach Stuart Baxter

Coach of Bafana Bafana of South Africa, Stuart Baxter, has insisted that his team is better than World Cup bound Nigeria and Senegal. While Nigeria qualified for the World unbeaten, Senegal defeated South Africa in front of the home fans on Friday to cement their place in Russia. Baxter, addressing reporters shortly after his team suffered a 2-0 deficit in the hands of Senegal, which ended their World Cup hopes, said both the Super Eagles and the Taranga Lions are inferior to his side. The coach said although Nigeria and Senegal could boast of better players, his team are not far off as they are only lacking in application of some basic ideas. He said, “My mandate was never about ‘qualify for the world cup or you go home’, I wanna make sure that we’re making progress. I’ve seen...
AFCON Qualifier: Beating Nigeria Is Very Interesting – Baxter
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AFCON Qualifier: Beating Nigeria Is Very Interesting – Baxter

South African national team coach, Stuart Baxter, says winning Nigeria in an African Nations qualifier is very interesting. Baxter made the assertion at Uyo on Saturday after his team beat the Super Eagles 2-0 at the Godswill Akpabio stadium. The South African coach said “We opened up the game in the first half but unfortunately we did not score. Beating Nigeria is very interesting. “Nigeria is a very good side but my boys prevented them from scoring. We are trying to develop our boys and expose them,’’ he said. South African striker, Tokelo Rantie lived up to his billing as he scored in the 56th minute while Percy Tau who replaced Rantie, scored the second goal for his side in the 83rd minute. The visitors sized up the Eagles in the first half, took advantage of their slowe...
We Would Have Scored More Goals Against Eagles – Baxter
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We Would Have Scored More Goals Against Eagles – Baxter

South Africa coach Stuart Baxter has described his team’s first-ever competitive win over Nigeria as massive while also lamenting they could have won the AFCON qualifier by more than the 2-0 they achieved. Hosts Nigeria slumped to second-half goals by Tekelo Rantie and Percy Tau in an opening Group E clash in Uyo Saturday night. “Beating Nigeria in their home is massive for the whole country and you must excused me if I am very, very pleased,” Baxter said at a post-match conference. “We could have scored more goals with a little bit more composure, even though I don’t want to sound like a bad winner.” The Englishman revealed that the game plan was to contain the hosts in the first 20 minutes of the game before they opened up their play which they did with great effect after the...
Musa, Echiejile, Omeruo Missing As Eagles Begin Training
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Musa, Echiejile, Omeruo Missing As Eagles Begin Training

The Super Eagles began training ahead of Saturday’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against South Africa’s Bafana Bafana shortly after they arrived in Uyo on Monday. The match will be played at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in the Akwa Ibom State capital. Elderson Echiejile, Kenneth Omeruo and Ahmed Musa were not part of the gymnasium workouts as they are expected to arrive at the national team’s camp on Tuesday. Spokesman for the Eagles Toyin Ibitoye, who confirmed the development, said the other 21 players were in camp. Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr gave an indication that they would exploit set-pieces in the encounter as his assistant Yusuf Salisu focused on Manchester City forward Kelechi Iheanacho during their practice. The Eagles are expected to train at the Godswill Akpabio S...
AFCON Qualifier: Bafana Bafana‘ll Frustrate Eagles In Uyo – Baxter
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AFCON Qualifier: Bafana Bafana‘ll Frustrate Eagles In Uyo – Baxter

Head coach of the South African national team, Stuart Baxter, has mapped out plans to frustrate Super Eagles’ free-flowing attacking football with a strange style of play that can give Eagles problems. Nigeria have been in camp since last month and Baxter is well aware that Bafana have got out of the starting blocks a lot later than their rivals. “We have got very little time (to prepare) in comparison to Nigeria’s three weeks in France in training camps. We have very little time and so we need to maximise (our training). “The reports I got from Nigeria (from his scout) is that offensively they are very strong‚ defensively they all work very hard. “They are on a good run of results‚ so they look very confident. “So the way we are going to play is very‚ very much to try and be t...

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