Baxter linked to AmaZulu


STUART Baxter, Steve Komphela and Kaitano Tembo have been linked with the vacant AmaZulu coaching position which is currently held by Brandon Truter on a caretaker basis.

“I see Stuart Baxter is also on the list (for the coaching post),” Truter revealed at the weekend following AmaZulu’s DStv Premiership goalless draw against Sekhukhune United on Saturday.

But the interim coach said it is looking promising for him in his bid to be given the Usuthu job on a permanent basis.

Truter said he held discussions with Usuthu president Sandile Zungu about the pre-season, a strong indication that the former Swallows coach is in frame to get the post on a permanent basis at the end of the season.

Truter was appointed in March in the caretaker role following the departure of Benni McCarthy, and has won three and drawn two of his games in charge without conceding a goal.

Following their goalless draw against Sekhukhune at the Moses Mabhida Stadium at the weekend, Usuthu remained seventh with 40 points after 28 matches.

“I’m having constant discussions with the president on pre-season and what (players) we would like to keep and players we want to bring in for next season,” said Truter.

“But in football, only when you put things on paper then it is a done deal. But the president is a man of his word and a man of integrity. So we are leaning towards that (of planning next season), but I’ve been in football for far too long to count my chickens before they hatch.”

With some Premiership clubs having hired the co-coaches, Truter said he’s open to working with any of the coaches linked to the post.

But he added: “Let’s cross that bridge when we get there. I admire the Mamelodi Sundowns co-coaches of Rhulani Mokwena, Manqoba Mngqithi and Komphela, They have found harmony with one another.

“I also admire the two coaches at Orlando Pirates (Fadlu Davids and Mandla Ncikazi), but you need to find harmony.

“Once you bring in two contrasting styles of play, you will have a team that is confused. And once you have two contrasting ideas, you will have coaches who don’t see eye to eye.”

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