Since the appointment of his son as an assistant coach of Bafana Bafana, head coach Stuart Baxter is having a bumpy ride with the men’s national team and is currently under threat to be replaced with coach Benni Macarthy, owing to the inconsistent performance of his squad.
The unstable performance of the Bafana Bafana ahead of the qualifies, informed the decision of Cape Town City coach Benni McCarthy as a likely replacement for the under pressure Stuart Baxter.
Baxter has been placed on probation with the men national team. If they fail to qualify for the upcoming 2019 African Cup of Nations tournament, then he will be immediately replaced.
Benni McCarthy, sensationally, has also been mentioned as a replacement should Hunt be appointed by SAFA.
The 65-year-old’s time in charge of the national team has often drawn criticism and a failure to significantly improve performances since taking over.
There are some immediate reasons why sports analyst in the country think Baxter is having a rough ride.
Some believe that his inconsistent squad selections as well as naming his son Lee, as goalkeeping coach, has been strongly criticised by the media with whom Baxter’s relationship has quickly deteriorated.
McCarthy slammed Baxter after the game against Libya ended in a goalless draw at the Moses Mabhida Stadium months ago.
According to Mccarthy, who is currently coaching Cape Town City went to question whether the team that started against Libya were the best players available in the country and reckons senior national team coach Stuart Baxter needs help in terms of identifying players that will do duty for the country since he is only seen attending a couple of games.
“I stopped watching because I saw that we were going through the same route we have gotten so used to – which is such a shame looking at the generation players we have now, a good crop of young players. But are we doing enough scouting?… I think they need to help coach Stuart, he can’t have eyes in all the games. I have seen him at Kaizer Chiefs game, SuperSport United games, and Bidvest Wits games,” said McCarthy.
“I have never seen him watch Free State Stars games, I have not seen him watching Bloemfontein Celtic games, they are high flyers. What are they doing right there? Go on and watch which players are on form. It is not the job for one man, he needs help from coaches in the league to try and identify players who are on form and doing well. Are we really picking the best players that we have available? That is my question, but I am tired also because after Saturday, I was like there we go again, no Afcon for us. Not doubting the players, but we made it difficult for ourselves.”