Mashaba: To go or not to go?

September 18, 2016 Articles Leave a comment

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The fate of Ephraim ‘Shakes’ Mashaba as Bafana Bafana coach will be decided by South Africa’s FA (SAFA) on Wednesday.

Mashaba’s position has been the subject of speculation after South Africa failed to qualify for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon.

Danny Jordaan, SAFA’s president, said Mashaba’s future would be discussed at SAFA’s next executive committee meeting.

“The outcry is too much,” Jordaan told me on Saturday.

“The SAFA executive will discuss this matter on Wednesday,” Jordaan added.

It is possible that a new coach could be appointed before South Africa’s opening 2018 World Cup qualifier away to Burkina Faso in Ouagadougou in October.

South Africa are placed in Group D of World Cup qualifying, and face a tough home encounter against the Teranga Lions of Senegal in their second match in November. Cape Verde make up the standings.

Mashaba currently has a four-year contract with SAFA and will be entitled to a pay-off, in the event of a dismissal.

But Dominic Chimhavi, SAFA’s Director for Communications, told me that Mashaba is still the national team coach.

“There are no plans to replace the coach. Shakes Mashaba remains in charge of the national team,” Chimhavi said.

Mashaba was heavily criticised after their lacklustre 1-1 draw against Mauritania at home, in their final Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match.

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