Stuart Baxter eyeing Bafana legends as assistant coaches

Stuart Baxter eyeing Bafana legends as assistant coaches
Stuart Baxter

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Saturday Jun 17, 2017. 10:00

Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter says he would like to rope in former national team players to join his technical team as assistant coaches.

Local reports indicate that the coach has dropped a hint regarding those who will help him in the national side.

Names such as ex-striker Shaun Bartlett and midfielder Quinton Fortune have been mentioned as examples.

Although U20 and U17 coaches, Thabo Senong and Molefi Ntseki helped Baxter as he faced Nigeria and Zambia in the 2019 CAF Africa Cup of Nations qualifier and in a friendly, he is likely to rope in one former Bafana player to join Senong.

“The technical team that we’ve had with us now (for Nigeria and Zambia) has been great. We just need to make sure that it can be permanent and that is fits in with what else we’re doing,” said Baxter.

“I still think there is room for an ex-player who’s embarked on his career as a coach – like a Shaun Bartlett‚ like Benni McCarthy‚ like a Quinton Fortune‚ Aaron Mokoena.

“Get those people involved at some level within the technical team. I’m not saying that they’ve all got to be assistants but get them involved.”

Bartlett is not new to coaching as he led Golden Arrows to promotion from the National First Division to the Premier Soccer League in the 2014/15 season and served as Owen Da Gama's U23 assistant during the 2016 Rio Olympics.

On the other hand, Fortune has also been working on the touchline after completing his coaching badges as well as assisting former Manchester United teammate, Ole Gunnar-Solskjaer with Cardiff City’s U-21s.

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