JOHANNESBURG- Embattled Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter resigned as head coach on Friday.
Baxter came under severe criticism from SA soccer fans and the media after Bafana were eliminated in the quarterfinals of the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt by Nigeria last month. Despite defeating the hosts in the Last 16, Baxter was criticized for employing defensive tactics during most of the matches that Bafana played in the continental showpiece.
Baxter was appointed on May 4, 2017, and was handed a five-year contract until June 2022 with the mandate of guiding Bafana Bafana to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Reading from a prepared statement Baxter confirmed that he was stepping down with immediate effect.
“Someone should continue with this project and therefore I am resigning as Bafana Bafana head coach, Baxter said. “It was my personal decision to step down.”
It is not known who will be named as Baxter’s successor, but some of the names being mentioned are those of Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane and Cape Town City coach Benni McCarthy