Wild send-off as Bafana Bafana coach down his tools

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South African fans have given a harsh send-off to Stuart Baxter after announcing his retirement from coaching Bafana Bafana. The 65-year-old British coach made the decision at a private press conference he summoned on Friday in Johannesburg.

His decision comes just weeks after South Africa reached the quarter-finals of the 2019 African Cup of Nations in Egypt, bundling out the hosts in the last 16 but falling 2-1 to Nigeria.

After the announcement, South Africans, who appear to have been harbouring a grudge, stormed social media to scold him for Bafana Bafana’s failure during his stint.

It was Baxter’s second spell as head coach of the Bafana Bafana after his reappointment on 4 May 2017, replacing Ephraim ‘Shakes’ Mashaba, who was sacked in December 2016.

He was first appointed in 2004 with an eye on the 2010 World Cup, which the country was to host. However, after blowing a strong position in the 2006 World Cup qualifiers and failing to reach the finals in Germany, Baxter left the job.

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