Baxter lures ex-Wits star to India

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Stuart Baxter has lured former Bidvest Wits midfielder Cole Alexander to Hero Indian Super League (ISL) side Odisha FC.

Alexander, 31, has signed a two-year deal with the top-flight outfit after leaving the now-defunct Wits upon their status sale to Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila (TTM) at the end of the 2019/20 season.

He links up with Baxter, who worked with Alexander during their time together at SuperSport United and briefly in the South Africa national team.

Baxter was announced as Odisha head coach in June, shortly after his resignation as Bafana Bafana boss, and has now called upon his first recruit from Mzansi as he looks to build a squad to challenge for league honours.

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"I am extremely delighted to join Odisha FC and play in the Indian Super League for the first time. It will be really great to play under Coach Stuart Baxter again and I can’t wait to meet my teammates," he told the club's website.

"I am very excited and looking forward to the season ahead. I have heard a lot about the special fans that the club has and though they will not be in the stadiums with us this year.

"We will carry them in our hearts and try and make them proud. I hope we can achieve something special at Odisha FC in the upcoming seasons."

The box-to-box midfielder boasts a wealth of experience with over 200 appearances in the South African top-flight since making his debut for the now-defunct Ajax Cape Town in the 2008/09 season.

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