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Stuart Baxter hits back at Jomo Sono

News24
15 Aug 2019, 22:13 GMT+10

Cape Town - Former Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter has slammed Jomo Sono for suggesting he picked his squads based on the influence of agents.

Baxter recently stepped down from the national team job after seeing Bafana bow out of the Africa Cup of Nations tournament in the quarter-final stages.

Nonetheless, Sono came out and accused the Englishman of being influenced by agents in terms of selecting certain players.

He told the Sowetan: "Because, in my own opinion, we need a coach who will select the players not by what he is told, and by whom he is told.

"That's the impression I have when I look from afar, from a distance.

"That most of the players who are in there are from a bunch of one agent. One agent maybe has got six or seven players in there.

"I had that problem (of agents trying to influence). I'm talking from experience. And, because I'm crazy, they never got close to me.

"That's the impression I got. With due respect, some of the players, talking about Bafana Bafana, didn't really deserve to be there (at Egypt 2019) wearing the jersey.

"I can quote two, but I don't want to because they are professionals. I'm also a professional coach. If I mention their names, I'm destroying their professional careers.

"But two players there, I don't know how they got there. But that is Mr Baxter's selection."

As such, Baxter hit back telling the publication shortly before returning to his home in Sweden: "He's talking nonsense. The facts don't support what he's saying. Why don't people just move on?

"I can tell him that if there is one coach over the last 20 years who has not done what he says, it's me."

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