Shakes Mashaba’s Job in trouble

Shakes Mashaba's Job

Shakes Mashaba’s Job

A loss against Egypt could cost Shakes Mashaba his job

Another unconvincing performance by Bafana Bafana on Tuesday in Soweto against Egypt could cost Ephraim ‘Shakes’ Mashaba his job as the South African Football Association finally starts to show some impatience with the national team coach.

SAFA president Danny Jordaan was angry at the 1-1 result in Nelspruit on Friday when South Africa’s draw with Mauritania meant they finished behind the lowly ranked North African country in an embarrassing end to a disappointing 2017 African Nations Cup qualifying campaign.

“This cannot carry on like this. We have to start showing some results now,” he told Sowetan LIVE on departure from Nelspruit at the weekend.

Shakes Mashaba’s Job

Jordaan also went on television to emphasise that hiding behind the excuse of development had to stop and that the game against Egypt would be a benchmark for the progress of the national team since Mashaba took over two years ago.

South Africa meets Egypt in a friendly international at the Orlando Stadium on Tuesday.

But Mashaba has blasted back by accusing reporters of harping on the negatives while forgetting his triumphs of 2014 when in a three month spell he secured qualification to the 2015 African Nations Cup finals in Equatorial Guinea.

“The first few minutes of the first game at those finals against Algeria, I thought, ‘wow here we have a team’,” said Jordaan, “but since then it has not look anywhere near as positive.

“Egypt is a tough team but also a side who have had problems lately and our result against them will show how far we have come.”

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It is the first time the SAFA leadership has publicly come out to slap down Mashaba’s assertions that he is on the right track with Bafana, who next month continue their bid for World Cup qualification with an away game in Burkina Faso.

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Shakes Mashaba's Job