JOHANNESBURG – In the wake of his failure to lead South Africa to the finals of the 2019 CAF Africa Cup of Nations tournament that was recently held in Egypt, coach Stuart Baxter has resigned from his position.
The English manager called an urgent media briefing that was held in Killarney, Johannesburg on Friday where he announced his decision to vacate his position.
“Someone should continue with this project and therefore I am resigning as Bafana Bafana head coach. It was my personal decision to step down,” Baxter said to the media.
The resignation comes after many football legends and football fans voiced concerns with his style as they have criticized his approach at the biennial tournament.
Baxter led the 1996 African champions to one win, two defeats at the AFCON tournament in Group D, but saw his troops reaching the Last 16 as one of the best third finishers.
Although the 65-year-old mentor managed to lead Bafana to qualify for the tournament without a defeat during the qualifiers, the coach has been criticized for employing conservative coaching tactics.
However, among his achievements was to help the Southern African giants reach AFCON 2019 finals, the team’s first appearance since 2015 when Shakes Mashaba was a head coach.
Taking a glimpse at his record in his second spell as head coach of Bafana, the former Kaizer Chiefs coach was in charge of 21 games, won eight, lost nine and drew four.
While Baxter looked set to continue in his role until after the 2022 FIFA World Cup, he found himself under immense pressure from the South African public to step down.
Meanwhile, reports suggest that Mamelodi Sundowns boss Pitso Mosimane could be the Briton’s successor as he is reportedly unhappy at the reigning Premier Soccer League champions.
On the other hand, Bafana’s all-time goalscorer Benni McCarthy has been linked with the coaching job and could leave Cape Town City.