Kaizer Chiefs reappoints Stuart Baxter as head coach on two-year deal

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JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - APRIL 25: Stuart Baxter attends a Kaizer Chiefs training session at Naturena on April 25, 2013 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Englishman Stuart Baxter has returned for a second spell as head coach of South African giants Kaizer Chiefs.

Baxter was reappointed on a two-year contract on Wednesday replacing Gavin Hunt who was sacked last month following a generally poor season in which the team finished eighth in the league but made it to the semifinals of the CAF Champions League.

FILE PHOTO: Stuart Baxter speaks to the media in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

“Baxter will commence his duties as soon as the paper work has been finalised and he will work with Arthur Zwane and Dillon Sheppard as his assistants with support from (former Bafana Bafana coach) Ntseki. The duo of Zwane and Sheppard will also continue coaching the reserve side,” the club said in a statement.

Baxter’s first stint at Chiefs was between 2012 and 2015 in which he won two league titles and two domestic cups, the MTN8 and the Nedbank Cup.

Following his departure in 2015, Baxter went on to coach another local side, SuperSport United, the national team Bafana Bafana and other teams abroad.

Chiefs’ chairman Kaizer Motaung said the club reappointed Baxter as they believed he understood the club’s philosophy and culture as it aimed to rebuild for the next season.

“We believe we are on track with the changes we have made so far in the coaching and technical department after a challenging season domestically,” Motaung said.

“We believe he will be able to work within our current set up and will use the time to understand some of the players he’s not familiar with.”

The 67-year-old’s first assignment will be navigating a tough Champions League semifinal against two-time winners Wydad Athletic Club of Morocco on June 19 and 26.

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