‘Great news for days:’ SA reacts to Stuart Baxter’s resignation

Mzansi social media is abuzz with news of Stuart Baxter’s resignation as head coach of Bafana Bafana.

Baxter, 65, called a press conference on Friday to announce his decision.

He said his decision was prompted by the fact that Bafana Bafana will soon start a new cycle of qualifiers for African Cup of Nations and the World Cup.

It was my personal decision. Someone should continue with this project and therefore I am resigning as Bafana Bafana coach.

Stuart Baxter

Interestingly, he was flanked by CEO of the South African Football Association (SAFA) Russell Paul.

Initial indications were that he had organised the press conference without SAFA’s participation.

Reactions from South Africans were quick on social media. Some pointed out that his record with the national team isn’t so great.

Thank You for leaving Stuart Baxter…some were saying he was our best coach, with a 38% win ratio, favouritism and arrogance, it was looong overdue …Good Riddance.

Twitter user Qhawe Mhlongo

Others flat out rejoiced at the Englishman’s departure. However, some had words of caution that the problem may not actually be the coaches.

Great news for days… now those who fired Mashaba must equally call their own media briefing and follow suit.

@khozak

For some fans, Baxter’s resignation is an opportunity for their favourite clubs to sign him.

Interestingly, Cape Town City coach Benni McCarthy’s name has popped up among Baxter’s potential replacements.

Whoever comes in next, experience shows it’s not an easy job at all.

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