Motaung: International football is tough

Kaizer Chiefs chairman Kaizer Motaung believes Stuart Baxter is the right man to lead the national team, but added that international football was “no child’s play”.

Baxter was confirmed as Shakes Mashaba’s successor last week, and will now get down to working to get Bafana Bafana to the next Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon, and World Cup in Russia.

Baxter has coached at international level before when he was in charge of Bafana between 2004 and 2005, and was sacked after failing to qualify for the 2006 World Cup in Germany, which was regarded as the perfect platform to prepare a team for 2010.

And, now Baxter has received the backing of the man whose club he led to league glory during the 2012-13 and 2014-15 seasons.

“First and foremost I must say he’s and good coach, and that’s why we went for him (at Chiefs). And he proved us right,” Motaung was quoted by Times Live. 

“But then the national team is a different kettle of fish because you’re not working with players every week.

“And also, for me, coaching is no longer about an individual. It’s a team all together. The sports science and everything,” he said.

“It’s not left to one individual. So, depending on what support system he gets at SAFA, he should do well.

“But that’s subject to what type of technical team he puts together. That will count.

“Because a national team is no child’s play,  and in Africa it’s difficul.”

Motaung added that he believed Baxter had the ability to be successful in his second stint as Bafana Bafana coach.

“On ability, if he puts himself within the right technical team, he should be able to make it,” said Motaung.

Baxter’s first assignment as Bafana coach is a bishop trip to Nigeria next month to take on the Super Eagles in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.