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Baxter includes Mkhalele in COSAFA preps

Posted: 28 May 2018 Time: 14:05

Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter has explained his reason to include Helman Mkhalele in his technical team for the COSAFA Cup.

READ: Baxter urges players to step up

Mkhalele will be in Polokwane for the ABC Motsepe League play-offs, working as a scout. While he is there, the former Bafana winger will join the senior squad’s technical team for the COSAFA Cup which kicked off yesterday.

Baxter tried to bring in Orlando Pirates assistant coach Rhulani Mokwena for the Four Nations tournament in Zambia in March, but that did not work out. He says bringing in up-and-coming coaches to the national team to learn is something they want to do regularly going forward.

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“The last camp we were going to invite Rhulani on because one of the things we wanted to implement going forward was that the young up-and-coming coaches will be invited to attend the camp, not so much to be an assistant coach, but would attend for his own encouragement and as a reward for doing well,” said the former Kaizer Chiefs coach.

“We wanted to start that and Rhulani was the one identified, but we could not get him. So we said let’s look within the organisation and we said let’s get Helman.

“Now Helman is going to be up there [in Polokwane] doing some scouting for the ABC Motsepe League, but we are going to bring him in camp and he will be part of it for four days. We are starting this process and we are starting it from within this time. Hopefully we will do this regularly. It’s about rewarding and empowering people.”

Baxter says he will be expecting Mkhalele, who is a national Under-20 assistant coach, to motivate the young players in the Bafana squad.

“I’ll be expecting him to put his arm around those younger players and give them some good advice about how you take care of yourself and about how you approach your job because he was a good professional as a player.”

Article by: Tshepang Mailwane

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