Same old problems in SA football‚ says Bafana coach Baxter

11 November 2017 - 14:11 By Mahlatse Mphahlele
Stuart Baxter during the South African national mens soccer team press conference at Southern Sun Montecasino on October 02, 2017 in Johannesburg.
Stuart Baxter during the South African national mens soccer team press conference at Southern Sun Montecasino on October 02, 2017 in Johannesburg.
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Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter says South African football still has a long way to go because there has not been a change in mentality and work ethic since the last time he was in charge of the senior national team 12 years ago.

Baxter‚ who failed to qualify Bafana for the World Cup in Germany in 2006 and‚ after Friday night’s 2-0 defeat against Senegal in Polokwane‚ now also for Russia next year‚ said if the PSL‚ Safa‚ media and the public work together in future results will probably change for the better.

“There is a saying that if you do what you have always done‚ you will get what you have always got‚” Baxter said in his port-match press conference at Peter Mokaba Stadium.

“I don’t think we have changed our mentality at all since the first time I was here. I don’t think we have changed our way of working at all.

“And when the PSL‚ Safa‚ the media and the country are on the same side we would probably get better results.”

Bafana’s defeat against Senegal saw their hopes of qualifying for Russia 2018 dashed. The South Africans had already been a near-mission impossible needing back-to-back victories against the Lions of Teranga in Polokwane and again in Dakar on Tuesday night to progress.

Baxter said another problem in South African football is that players don’t have enough motivation to move out of the country to play in competitive leagues elsewhere around the world.

“We have a long way to go‚ the PSL has become more competitive and players have not moved out of South Africa‚” he said.

“Sadio Mane is playing at Liverpool in England and our players come to a point where they say‚ ‘Maybe I will go for the money to that place’‚ but they don’t have the same motivation because the PSL is also attractive.

“It’s like players get into the PSL to get a big contract at Mamelodi Sundowns‚ SuperSport United‚ Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates and we all have to talk about that.”


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