Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter is busy preparing for the upcoming Afcon qualifiers, say Safa. Photo: Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

JOHANNESBURG – The South African Football Association (Safa) has not taken kindly to the growing rounds of speculation that Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter is going to join Kaizer Chiefs.

On Saturday evening, Safa issued a statement which read: “The South African Football Association (Safa) would like to clarify the matter surrounding rumours doing rounds regarding the position of Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter.

“The South African Senior Men’s National Team head coach is contracted to the Association and, as things stand, that contract is binding.

“The Association will treat rumours doing rounds as such, and that the coach is busy preparing for upcoming Afcon qualifiers, which will take place soon after the Fifa World Cup currently under way in Russia.”

Safa said it will not be issuing further statements regarding the matter.

Chiefs have only stated that there is a shortlist of candidates who are being considered to take charge after Steve Komphela was fired following last season’s 2-0 Nedbank Cup semi-final defeat to Free State Stars.

But they have made a significant move in the transfer market, having announced the arrival of Khama Billiat from Mamelodi Sundowns on Friday.

African News Agency (ANA), Staff Writer