SuperSport United's Jeremy Brockie backs Stuart Baxter to take Bafana Bafana to next level
Posted: 23 July 2017 Time: 19:17
SuperSport United striker Jeremy Brockie is convinced former club coach Stuart Baxter can turn Bafana Bafana into a force to be reckoned with in Africa, and the rest of the world.
Baxter brought an end to his reign with Matsatsantsa by leading them to Nedbank Cup glory last month following their 4-1 thrashing of Orlando Pirates, while also helping guide the team to the quarter-finals of the ongoing CAF Confederation Cup.
The Brit is now the full-time tactician of the South Africa national team, who won the Cosafa Cup Plate and who completed a 3-0 aggregate win over Botswana in 2018 African Nations Championship qualifying on Saturday.
Even more impressive was Baxter’s debut outing as Bafana coach as he led the side to a first-ever competitive win over Nigeria, securing a 2-0 Afcon qualifying victory in the Super Eagles’ back yard.
As such, New Zealand forward Brockie, who flourished under Baxter at SuperSport with 15 goals in all competitions last season, believes the coach is exactly the right man to take Bafana to the next level of international football.
“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,” writes Brockie in the August edition of KICK OFF Magazine, now on shelves and available for download.
"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.
"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."
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