Baxter lands new job after Bafana stint

International

Former Bafana Bafana head coach Stuart Baxter has landed a new role as manager of Odisha Football Club in the Indian Super League.

Baxter has been without a job since resigning from the South Africa national team in August last year after leading the nation to the quarter-final stage of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

While he patiently awaited his next move after returning to Sweden, the 66-year-old has taken his next leap towards Asian football with Odisha, the club formerly known as Dehli Dynamos.

The Englishman holds the previous experience of Asian football, having enjoyed stints with Sanfrecce Hiroshima and Vissel Kobe in the J-League in the '90s and in 2006 after leaving Bafana after his first stint.

It marks the 12th different club in six countries for the former Kaizer Chiefs boss over his management career that began in 1985 with Örebro SK in Sweden shortly after his retirement from professional football.

The club confirmed on Friday that Baxter signed a two-year contract to lead the team into the seventh edition of the Indian Super League.

"I'm looking forward to the challenge of Indian football and the opportunity to develop players and coaches in India," Baxter said after being unveiled.

"I'd like to wish all the supporters, players and staff good health during these testing times. Together we will bring joy and success to the region."

Story by: Lorenz_KO

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