Bafana Bafana head coach Stuart Baxter did not mince his words when he called for order at SAFA House and for a ‘radical’ way of thinking to drive South African football forward.
Baxter spoke at an exclusive session with journalists on Tuesday morning and was quick to note that the entire system was failing the country and hindering the development of young Bafana internationals who can take the baton from the current crop of players.
As reported by previously by Soccer Laduma, the Bafana mentor outlined his long and short-term goals for the national squad following numerous meetings with SAFA’s technical committee and management.
“The entire system has not been working. It’s time we take a more radical approach when it comes to introducing younger players to the national team,” said Baxter.
“I’m ready to risk everything for the sake of this transformation. There are experienced players who I think are good players but they will have to become causalities if we are to introduce younger players to the fold.
“But in doing so I may lose games and if that’s the case I’m willing to take full responsibility for that. However, I can’t pretend that all is alright when I don’t believe it is. I have to be the one that takes this step. Whether I’m the coach or whoever is the coach this is a step that must be taken,” added the Bafana mentor.
“If Bafana is to have a future then some serious gardening needs to happen even at SAFA House. There has to be order in our relationships with the media, the players and the football clubs. We have to see the importance of a different mindset and taking a new direction that is beneficial for football,” he concluded.