Stuart Baxter comments on Bafana technical team instability ahead of AFCON qualifier with Libya
Posted: 3 September 2018 Time: 20:15
Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter admits it is not ideal that his technical team keeps changing, but he prefers to focus on what he can control.
Baxter usually has Amajita coach Thabo Senong working under him; however, he is currently doing a coaching course at the Johan Cruyff University in Holland.
Baxter at one stage was bouncing ideas off Quinton Fortune. The former Bafana midfielder, though, was not brought back after the nation's 2018 World Cup qualifying failure.
The Brit is now dealing with another complication, as goalkeeper coach Andre Arendse withdrew from international duty for the upcoming African Nations Cup qualifier with Libya at Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday.
Baxter has consequently hired his son Lee, who is the keeper coach at Kaizer Chiefs. He also has AmaZulu conditioning coach Joshua Smith and national U-17 coach Molefi Ntseki helping him prepare the side for this weekend's clash in Durban.
"The inconsistencies [in my technical team] comes when when we can't actually have a full-time person. We have to keep on taking whoever we can get, which is not perfect," Baxter said.
"But as long as we get people that know what I want then I'll just get on with the job rather than worrying about ... forget about getting excited and frustrated about that, because I can't affect it too much."
When asked who he consults about possible Bafana selections outside of international weeks, he said: "I think you've probably seen me watching almost every PSL game and MTN8 game.
"One night I was at FNB Stadium and then I drove across to watch Orlando Pirates [at Orlando Stadium] in the same evening. So I've tried to do that myself.
"Yes, I do have contacts, scouts that give me reports and I do watch every match on the television. So we do make it work.
"But the benefit of having someone like Thabo Senong or Molefi Ntseki is that they know the younger ones. And when we are in the process of trying to regenerate the group and sort of bring in younger players, and bring down the average age, give the young players international experience, it's really important that they know those players, because I don't ... I don't.
"I don't know a player that is playing in Chippa's academy, I don't. I don't know the promising players abroad, so they can fill me in on that. That is a challenge, that is a challenge.
"We don't have system in place currently and that is probably [a source of] the frustration," he concluded.