Shakes’ future looks bleak



November 15, 2016
Shakes’ future looks bleak

Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba CREDIT: File image

Coach's groot bek could cost Bafana post.

Shakes Mashaba could have coached his last game for Bafana Bafana.

After guiding South Africa to a 2-1 win over Senegal to get the nation’s hopes of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup back on track on Saturday, Shakes was suspended for a “regrettableincident” by his Safa bosses.

Footage of the coach shows Mashaba having to be calmed down by Bafana’s media manager Matlamola Morake ahead of media interviews, and he will miss tonight’s friendly against Mozambique in Maputo before facing a disciplinary hearing.

Shakes is alleged to have said: “You want me to talk to these people? They had already buried me. All of them. I was waiting for this game so I can talk.”

He also snubbed Safa president Danny Jordaan’s post-match dressing room talk to the players.

A Safa insider told INM: “It is almost like the president had to beg him to join the party in the dressing room after the game.

“He was disrespectful towards a number of Safa officials who wanted to congratulate him on the win and these included Mr Patrice Motsepe [Mamelodi Sundowns’ billionaire owner] as well.”

And asked if this could affect Shakes’ position, the insider had some bad news for the coach.

He adds: “This plays into Safa’s hands because he was given a chance to stay on even though a lot of people felt the failure to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations next year was enough to replace him with a new coach.

“Let’s wait and see what happens in the coming days or weeks, but this could be the end because the sponsors are also not happy after his behaviour yesterday in Polokwane.”

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