Mandla Masango insists SuperSport United will not be distracted by Stuart Baxter's SAFA talks
Posted: 6 April 2017 Time: 13:32
SuperSport United midfielder Mandla Masango has urged the squad to focus on the task at hand amid talks that coach Stuart Baxter will be announced as the new Bafana Bafana coach this week.
Baxter told the media after his side beat KwaDukuza United in the Nedbank Cup on Tuesday that he would prefer the situation with SAFA be sorted out soon, saying he'd be happy if a decision is reached, one way or another, before SuperSport jet off to Liberia for the CAF Confederation Cup clash against Barrack Young Controllers on Sunday.
The proposed departure of the talismanic Baxter from Tshwane would raise a lot of questions regarding the club's future ambitions, as well as Masango's continued presence in Tshwane, having been brought over on loan by the coach.
Masango, who scored against KwaDukuza on Tuesday as SuperSport progressed to the Ke Yona quarter-finals, enjoyed a bright season with Kaizer Chiefs in 2014/15 - his last campaign with the club - where Amakhosi won the double in what was also Baxter's last term in charge of the Soweto giants.
The 27-year-old, who has now scored three goals in all competitions since joining SuperSport in the January transfer window on loan from Danish side Randers FC, says the future of the coach should not have an negative impact on players as the club push for league and cup honors.
"I wouldn't comment much on that [Baxter's future] because now our focus is here [the present] and the coach told us his main objective is here and now," said Masango.
"The rest we don't know what the future holds for the coach, so everyone just need to keep pushing and everything will happen at the end of the season. Things happen."
Masango's future is now also up in the air, with his proposed return to parent club Randers at the end of his loan spell seemingly not a given after he was initially shipped off to SuperSport following his refusal to sign a new deal in Denmark.
'Bullet' says his immediate focus is on Matsatsantsa, and his contract and future will be known at the end of the season, before cryptically stating he will only reveal his real intentions for having initially returned to South Africa, when he is ready to do so.
"My focus is here now and at the end of the season it will take care of itself so for now I need to keep working hard and help the team as much as I can," he added.
"But coming back home [to South Africa], there were other factors that made me come back home but I'll open up one day when I'm ready.
"It was not financial reasons and they wanted to offer me a new contract and I repeat it's not about financial issues."