Thabo Senong and Quinton Fortune steering Bafana against Zambia in CHAN qualifier without Stuart Baxter
Posted: 16 August 2017 Time: 13:56
South Africa assistant coach Thabo Senong will steer the national team in the CHAN qualifier with Zambia in Ndola on Saturday, possibly with the help of Bafana Bafana legend Quinton Fortune.
Fortune is currently in talks with SAFA regarding joining the technical team of head coach Stuart Baxter.
Baxter will remain in the country this weekend to focus his attention on upcoming back-to-back World Cup qualifiers against Cape Verde. The first match takes place on Friday, 1 September in Cape Verde, with the next fixture four days later at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban.
“Because of the difficulties we have had, I have had little time to concentrate on the absolutely vital assignment, and that is the Cape Verde qualifiers. And based on that and also based on the fact that this is about development, I won’t be travelling to Zambia. I am going to use that time to watch some PSL games over the weekend, and prepare for the squad announcement on Monday,” said Baxter.
“This gives me a couple of days to clear my head, do my analysis and check on players. This is also gives Thabo the chance to take some responsibility as we are talking about development. We have decided this is the best possible way to go.”
Baxter continued: “One of the staff that will be travelling to Zambia, albeit in a temporary basis, is Quinton Fortune. He arrived this morning and will follow the training session this afternoon at the FNB Stadium and will basically attend everything that we do in camp. We are still to decide if he will go with Thabo to be a some kind of an assistant or spectator – just to see how we do things.
“When the squad gets back, there will be a conversation between him and the association to see if we have found any common ground, and also to check if there is any room for us to bring him on board on a permanent basis. What is happening now is just a matter of the two parties having a look and see of the situation.”
Meanwhile, Ajax Cape Town defender Roscoe Pietersen is the latest player to join Bafana in camp. His arrival brings to 20 the number of players on national duty.
The squad departs for Zambia on Thursday at 10h20, having drawn the first leg 2-2 in East London last weekend. The rematch will start at 15h30 at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium.