Brockie backs South Africa coach Baxter

Brockie backs South Africa coach Baxter
Stuart Baxter, coach of South Africa

by Austin Ditlhobolo

Monday Jul 24, 2017. 18:00

SuperSport United marksman Jeremy Brockie says South Africa can do dominate African football under the guidance of head coach Stuart Baxter.

The 29-year-old player worked with British tactician Baxter at South African side United where they won two Nedbank Cup trophies.

The Zealand international believes that his former coach Baxter can turn Bafana Bafana into a force to be reckoned with in Africa.

Baxter, who was appointed in May, 2017, guided Bafana to a historic victory over Nigeria in the 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier last month.

“First and foremost, having won a hatful of trophies at domestic level in South Africa, I believe he will have more backing from the supporters and increased buy-in from the players,” Brockie told Kick Off Magazine.

"The obvious difference between managing a club, as opposed to a national side, is that Baxter doesn’t have as much time to work with the Bafana players on the training pitch.

"However, he knows the players better than before and is aware of how South African football works as a whole. The 2-0 away win over Nigeria in June was a massive boost and a great first up result for him," he added.

"I’m looking forward to seeing Baxter and his charges build on the victory against Nigeria and, sooner than later, I’m pretty sure those types of results will be the norm rather than the exception."

Baxter, 63, is in his second stint with Bafana having coached the national team between 2004 and 2005. He quit this role after failing to qualify for the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

He masterminded Bafana's recent 3-0 aggregate win over Botswana in the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifier and they will now face Zambia in the next round.



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