Stuart Baxter announcement his resignation as Bafana Bafana coach at the Killarney Country Club on Friday, and the Englishman explained his decision to step down.
Baxter was heavily criticized by the media and fans alike for his defensive approach during the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, which ended with South Africa losing 2-1 to Nigeria in the quarter-finals.
The former Kaizer Chiefs and SuperSport United mentor has since detailed why he opted to walk away from job as the national team coach.
“I feel that someone else should now continue the job.
“A coach must have confidence that he can move forward in the project‚ and my experience at Afcon have weakened my conviction on that considerably.
“It was my personal decision,” he told the media on Friday morning, according to TimesLive.
Baxter also confirmed there will be no pay-out for the remainder of his SAFA contract which still has three years to run.
“There is no monetary settlement. This had nothing to do with money. The figures quoted about my salary have been embarrassing and way off the mark.”
“I’ve had at least one lucrative offer, but I was fully committed to this country. The week before the Libya game the doctor told me I might have cancer and I said no I am leaving with this team. My commitment to the SA cause has been undoubted,” he said.
Baxter is yet to announce his next managerial destination, though there has been talks of him possibly returning to club football.