Stuart Baxter may have received a stay of execution after Bafana Bafana’s failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup but the Briton still faces a reprimand from his South African Football Association (Safa) employer for his utterances moments after the plane tickets to Russia crumbled to dust last week. Bafana have not qualified for the World Cup since 2002 and it was inevitable that Baxter’s career prospects at Safa House would come under scrutiny after the 2-0 defeat to Senegal in Polokwane on Friday night. Baxter faced his inquisitors with the bravado of a headmaster confirming detention to a class of noise makers and said qualifying for the 2018 World Cup was never his mandate. "My mandate, if I have one, because I don’t think we have a written mandate, as I understood it, was to try and qualify for the World Cup and the [2019] Africa Cup of Nations. And if you can do both, that’s great," Baxter explained. "No one said if I don’t qualify for the World Cup, I may as well pack up a...

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