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Baxter: I had health concerns while coaching Bafana

Stuart Baxter confirmed that ahead of the must-win qualifier against Libya in March, doctors feared he may have cancer.

South Africa's coach Stuart Baxter encourages his players during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) Group D football match between South Africa and Namibia at the Al Salam Stadium in the Egyptian capital Cairo on 28 June 2019. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - Stuart Baxter has for the first time revealed how he dealt with health concerns while coaching Bafana Bafana.

The 65-year-old announced his resignation on Friday.

Baxter confirmed that ahead of the must-win qualifier against Libya in March, doctors feared he may have cancer.

“It was amazingly difficult for me to concentrate, knowing that when I got back, I was going to get results that were going to tell me I have cancer or not.”

It was still unclear what the future held for Baxter post-Bafana, with the coach himself admitting he could return to his home country of England.

Meanwhile, the South African Football Association said they would start the search for a new coach on Saturday.