Bafana Bafana have plunged to new depths of mediocrity and the blame must be laid at the door of coach Stuart Baxter and his SA Football Association employers. Much like an ageing bus that has been mounted on bricks and stripped of its tyres and engine, this Bafana team is going nowhere fast. Their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying campaign is unravelling before our eyes and after Saturday’s costly 0-0 draw with Libya at Moses Mabhida in Durban, getting to the finals in Cameroon could be about as likely as Donald Trump and Barack Obama becoming Facebook friends. There’s no doubt that Baxter is a great club coach and his successful spells at Kaizer Chiefs and SuperSport United are proof of his abilities at that level of the game. But great club coaches do not necessarily make brilliant national team mentors and the jury is still out on whether the man has any business leading Bafana. The thing is, Baxter had a 43.4% win ratio in his maiden spell as Bafana coach from 2004-2005, on...

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