Stuart Baxter is the new Bafana coach

By Daniel Chokoe

 

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SuperSport United head coach Stuart Baxter is set to be unveiled as the new head coach for the South African senior national team, Bafana Bafana.

Various reports emerged on Thursday morning that Baxter had put pen to paper with the South African Football Association (Safa) to fill the the vacancy left by Shakes Mashaba in December 2016.

The former was shown the exit door by SAFA after being found guilty of gross misconduct and insubordination among other charges.

According to Safa’s head of communications Dominic Chimhavi, the deal has been concluded and the official announcement will be made soon to the public.

“We’ve finalised everything and pen has been put to paper. The announcement could be tomorrow or anytime from now. It’s just a matter of calling you guys [the media] to the official announcement,” Chimhavi told Sowetan.

Ruud Krol has emerged as the man identified to replace the Englishman, however the former Orlando Pirates tactician would only be in charge of the team at the start of next season after the club made it clear that they will hold on to their head coach for the remainder of the current campaign.

PSL – The season finale drama

By Tebogo Molekoa

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Yesterday it was the end of the PSL 2014/15 season, we might have not been given a grand finish for the top position this season, however the relegation zone was were the pot was boiling.

Two of SA’s oldest teams Amazulu and Moroka Swallows went to the final game of the season with equal points and fighting for nothing but play offs.

Amazulu who have been sitting rock bottom of the log since the early games of the season started believing they can survive after the arrival of Steve barker who joined the team mid-season that saw them registering few of they wins and a 5-1 trashing of supersport united being the highlight, which gave them a lot of hope that they can survive relegation, whilst The Dube Birds on the other hand kept on dropping points in almost every game they played and that ended up with them befriending Amazulu at the bottom of the log.

In the last few games we saw the two teams changing position 16 amongst each other but it was all to play for in the last game with equal points and relegation door slightly opened.

 It took a solitary goal from the madala who still runs like a teenager Siyabonga Nomvete to give swallows a second bite of the cherry and with Amazulu struggling on the other side losing 2-1 it meant the door was closing behind them and they went straight to NFD and for Moroka Swallows its not over yet the fat lady hasn’t started singing.

Can one of the oldest teams in the PSL survive relegation or will they get the chop? The playoffs have the answer to that question. Meanwhile we are still congratulating kaizer Chiefs for their league triumph, they have been worthy winners having set new records on their way to the title.

Well done Kaizer Chiefs!

Bobby and uncommited Khune reportedly not on good terms

By Daniel Chokoe

Bobby Motaung and Itumeleng Khune's relationship has hit a low

Bobby Motaung and Itumeleng Khune’s relationship has reportedly hit a low

Itumeleng Khune seems to be ready to close Kaizer Chiefs as a chapter from his book, Bobby Motaung is very sour about the whole ordeal. The thought of losing Khune clearly brings a bitter taste to his taste buds as he has already started excluding him in team affiars.

According to Sunday World, Chiefs football manager Bobby Motaung ordered security to block Khune from running onto the pitch to celebrate with the team after the final whistle.

“They blocked him before he could come out of the tunnel. They told him Bobby said he must not go anywhere near the pitch,” a Sunday World source said.

It is alleged that Motaung feels the 27-year-old goal-minder, who is yet to extend his Chiefs contract, is no longer committed to the club.

Chiefs and Khune’s representative Dan Lichman have yet to reach an agreement regarding the goalkeeper’s immediate future.

Bobby Motaung did however give clarity on the matter, stating that there is absolutely no beef between himself and Khune.

There was no celebration by players on the pitch as fans took over, in the dressing room players congratulated each other and the coach (Stuart Baxter) froze the celebration as the team has three more games to finish.

Khune is serving a red card suspension surely we all know he can’t enter the field as Premier Soccer League DC just found our coach guilty of invading the pitch while on suspension.

Shame on you Sunday World for making headlines with a complete fabrication.

CHIEFS REQUIRE A DRAW TO WIN THE LEAGUE

By Tebogo Molekoa

With a 13 points lead at the top of the log, Kaizer Chiefs  have put one hand on the trophy and they have done that with four games to spare as they are left with four games to be crowned champs, however with football being unpredictable it might happen that the current champions Mamelodi Sundowns still believe they can retain though it will take a miracle from them and hoping chiefs fail to collect maximum points in their next amakhosi games.

With the 2 teams still to play each other chiefs doesn’t need to win its games in order to be crowned champions they only need a point against Sundowns then the race is over even if downs win all remaining and chiefs lose all remaining, the question is will chiefs take the league against sundowns or before meeting Sundowns on the 29th at Lucas Masterpieces Moripe Stadium  in Attridgeville.

However if you have been supporting chiefs since the 80’s you wouldn’t be celebrating knowing that chiefs once threw it away from the similar situation, when they needed 1 point from 4 games under the leadership of Ted Dumitru. They went to lose all four games and giving jomo cosmos the championship, however the situation is different this time around as the men from naturena have lost just 2 games and conceded 11 goals from 26 games its unlikely that the chiefs will fall before the promised land of milk and honey. PSL Pretoria or Phefeni soccer league?