The South African Football Association (Safa) will not stand in the way of Kaizer Chiefs hiring former Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter should the Naturena-based club elect to appoint the Briton in the coming days.
According to FARPost sources, the Soweto giants are planning to re-appoint Baxter as their new coach but the news were met with mixed reactions from South Africans as the former Bafana Bafana coach was fired by Indian Super League side Odisha FC after making improper remarks comments about rape during a post-match conference earlier this year.
Odisha FC did not hesitate to fire Baxter. “You need decisions to go your way‚ and they didn’t‚” he said at the time‚ in reference to the performance of match officials during the game. d
“I don’t know when we are going to get a penalty. I think one of my players will have to rape someone or get raped himself if he was going to get a penalty,” said Baxter.
But, spokesperson Dominic Chimhavi said that the association views Baxter’s issue differently from Luc Eymael’s. The Belgian coach was shown the door with immediate effect‚ by Tanzania Premier League side Young Africans last July for calling the club’s fans “illiterate” and “monkeys”.
“The position of Safa is that the two matters are different‚,” said Chimhavi as quoted TimesLive.
“The difference with Baxter is that this happened in India. He apologised and they smoked the peace pipe‚ shook hands and it was over. From Safa’s perspective‚ there won’t be a problem if Chiefs were to hire him to become their coach. No problem at all,” added the Safa spokesperson.
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By FARPost Reporter