South Africa coach Stuart Baxter to step down

Mahmoud Elassal , Friday 2 Aug 2019

The team reached the AFCON quarterfinals this year

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Africa Cup of Nations 2019 - Quarter Final - Nigeria v South Africa - Cairo International Stadium, Cairo, Egypt - July 10, 2019 South Africa coach Stuart Baxter before the match REUTERS

South Africa's national team coach Stuart Baxter is stepping down, the Englishman said on Friday.

"I feel it’s time for someone else to take over," he said at a press conference, describing the move as a "personal decision."

The Bafana Fana reached the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations quarterfinals this summer after beating Egypt 1-0 in the round of 16. They were knocked out by Nigeria 2-1.

The team has won the African cup once, in 1996.

Baxter said that he had written his final report on the team's participation and given it to the South African Football Association.

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