New Bafana Bafana boss Stuart Baxter says his manne will be ready for their 2019 Afcon qualifier against Nigeria.
Baxter was unveiled yesterday for his second stint as the national team coach and he insists that you would have to be a very proud South African to be more proud than him to lead the team.
The Scot, who has signed a five-year contract with South African Football Association (Safa), will have to see out his time at SuperSport ahead of the June 10 clash in Uyo.
And with the PSL only coming to a close on May 27, Baxter has warned that the time to select and prepare a competitive squad is tight.
Baxter will name his squad on May 25.
He says: “I’m chomping at the bit to get to grips with the big challenge of Nigeria away with little preparation.
“But I’ve embraced it. And I’m gaining intelligence on Nigeria as we speak.
“And by the time we pick the squad to go to Nigeria, I hope we are going to be very competitive.
“I’m actually unbeaten against Nigeria.”
Baxter says he has not yet finalised his backroom staff, saying that he will assess the likes of Owen da Gama and Thabo Senong once he has taken the reins.
There have been reports in the media claiming that Da Gama will be cut loose, while Baxter reportedly wants his son to be goalkeeper coach.
But yesterday Baxter says: “There might be many changes [technical team]. The recommendations I will make needs to be after I have seen the set-up.”
Baxter says he will consider any player eligible to play for South Africa and will travel to examine the talent playing abroad to strengthen his team and add options.
The boss is also keen for the team to play a brand of football that is reflective of Mzansi and Diski style.
He adds: “I want to continue the development program, but definitely results are paramount
“I’m really looking forward to this latest challenge.
“If I wasn’t ready, I would not have accepted the challenge.”