Stuart Baxter on Friday resigned as Bafana Bafana head coach bringing an end to a turbulent second spell in charge of the men’s national team.
Baxter was appointed on May 4, 2017, and was handed a five-year contract until June 2022 with the mandate of guiding Bafana Bafana to the 2022 Soccer World Cup in Qatar.
Reading from a prepared statement while flanked by SAFA CEO Russell Paul, Baxter confirmed that he was stepping down with immediate effect.
“Someone should continue with this project and therefore I am resigning as Bafana Bafana head coach, Baxter said.
It was my personal decision to step down.”
“I feel that I cannot continue to work with the required professionalism and passion as I have done, and to deal with the many issues involved with this programme.
“I’ve chosen not to point fingers in the past and will not do that now, and even when it would have been better for me personally to blame others I’ve tried to recognise what I could do to affect the situation and keep a level of integrity.”