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SAFA Clears Baxter For Chiefs Return

The South African Football Association have cleared Stuart Baxter for a potential second stint at Kaizer Chiefs following his reckless “rape” comments in India earlier this year.

The 67-year-old is close to returning to Amakhosi for a second stint at the club after Gavin Hunt was fired on Friday.

Baxter – the last coach to win a trophy with the Glamour Boys – does not come without controversy, though, after he was sacked by Indian side Odisha FC after making a reckless “rape” comment during a post-match press conference in February.

His comments had caused a large outcry in India as well as in South Africa, with both countries known for their issues around women-abuse.

However, SAFA CEO Tebogo Motlanthe has revealed that South African football mother body have no issues with Baxter’s return despite recently blocking the move of Luc Eymael to Chippa United.

“That (Stuart Baxter) matter was put to rest a long time ago when Stuart Baxter apologised and said it was out of context,” Motlanthe told Phakaaathi.

“And the Indian association closed that matter. From an official standpoint, we do not have any issue.

“Remember that even with Luc we acted because Tanzania reported it directly to us. They said this is what has happened, this is what Luc has said and they sent us all the evidence. India have not sent us anything.”

Baxter is expected to take over from Hunt, as first reported by iDiski Times in edition 18 three weeks ago, with Molefi Ntseki understood to be joining him as assistant coach.