Jordaan confirms Baxter mandate

South Africa will once again watch a Bafana-less FIFA World Cup this year, after the team managed just one win in six qualification matches, including shock back-to-back defeats to Cape Verde last year.

Upon the final defeat to Senegal, who subsequently secured their passage to the showpiece in November last year, Baxter told the media he had not failed the country as he was not given a mandate upon his appointment in May.

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Nearly four months on from Baxter’s utterances, which sparked a public outcry, Jordaan has now revealed the associations’ expectations of the British tactician.

“We’ve said very clearly, Baxter must qualify [Bafana] for AFCON 2019 and he must qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup,” Jordaan said at the World Cup trophy’s arrival in Johannesburg on Thursday.

“After the 2022 World Cup, from 2026 onwards the World Cup will have 48 teams – nine of those coming from the African continent, and we should be one of those nine teams.

“So the last moment of real stress, where only five teams will qualify from the African continent is actually the 2022 World Cup.

“That’s why we said, if we can make it to Qatar – that is the challenge and that is where the target is, we know we can qualify for every World Cup after that.”

Jordaan, who appears set to serve a second term as SAFA president once the elections are completed later this month, says this is similar to the expectations of newly appointed Banyana Banyana coach Desiree Ellis.

“We also said for Desiree, [Banyana] must qualify for AFCON in December 2018, and must finish in the top three [at the tournament] to qualify for the World Cup in France 2019 and she must qualify the team for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo/Japan,” he continued.

“Because in 2020 the Global League for women’s football, which is a league FIFA will start for 16 nations in the world – two of which will come from the African continent.

“That means we must be in the top two in Africa. At the moment those two places are occupied by Nigeria and Ghana, and we are number three.

“So, we sit just outside and we said we have to be in the top two by 2020. To support that process we will start the National Women’s League, which we want to become a professional league for women’s football, in 2019.”