Following Bafana Bafana’s confirmed place at the 2019 AFCON and coach Stuart Baxter's initial promise to step down if he didn’t beat Libya, the British coach reflects on the recent high pressure.
Baxter led the South Africans to a 2-1 win over Libya last weekend, and is now back in the country to talk about the events before the ‘Sfax triumph.’
As reported by Futaa last month, the 65-year-old coach was even quoted as saying he would step down even if Bafana qualify (Bafana coach Baxter says he’ll step down if SA fail to qualify).
“Well look‚ what I’ve said [in the past] – it’s the truth and the reality of a coach,” Baxter said via Times Live from the press conference held at the OR Tambo International Airport.
“A coach will do a job as long as he feels that he can do the job. People will not tell me‚ ‘You can’t coach Bafana‚ because of blah‚ blah‚ blah’. I will know that for my own reasons.
“It may be for my own motivation‚ for my own health‚ or because I don’t feel that I’m taking the team wherever I want it to go.
“It could be a million things – and at that point I could resign. Now‚ at that point as well other people could decide‚ ‘You’re not doing that’.
“So that’s where we were when we went to Tunisia now. I could have been sacked [if Bafana lost]‚ and I could have said‚ ‘Well‚ this is not for me’," Baxter concluded.
The AFCON tournament starts on 21 June 2019, with the Group draws set for 12 April.
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