Igesund wants Baxter to stay
GORDON Igesund has appealed for calm in the wake of Bafana Bafana’s failure to qualify for the Russia 2018 World Cup‚ and for coach Stuart Baxter to be given time to implement his ideas.
Igesund‚ who coached Bafana from June 2012 to June 2014‚ said he believes Baxter always faced an uphill battle taking over Bafana’s qualifying campaign two games in.
Baxter replaced Ephraim “Shakes” Mashaba – fired for disciplinary reasons – after Bafana had drawn away against Burkina Faso and beaten Senegal at home.
The latter result was later annulled because it was found to have been manipulated by Ghanaian referee Joseph Lamptey.
“The big setback for us in the campaign was Cape Verde,” said Igesund.
“I think the biggest problem was we played against Nigeria and played really well‚ played them off the park‚ and we won that game. It takes players time to change from my philosophy to Shakes’‚ and to Stuart’s. There’s no continuity. And in my humble opinion‚ give the job to Stuart until 2022.
“Let him have the start of the World Cup qualification‚ start off preparing his team‚ let the players get used to him over the next year‚ and the year after.” — DDC