Bafana Bafana boss Shakes Mashaba insists he is unshaken by Safa chief Danny Jordaan’s criticism of his side’s 1-1 draw against Mauritania on Friday.
Despite the result underlining South Africa’s failed Afcon 2017 qualification campaign, Shakes says he can get Bafana to the World Cup in Russia in 2018.
However, Jordaan has his reasons to be gatvol with his coach.
SA had to come from a goal down to salvage a 1-1 draw in their final Group M fixture at the Mbombela Stadium as Hlompo Kekana cancelled out Dialo Guideye’s opener.
But Thamsanqa Gabuza missed after Bafana were awarded a generous penalty and couldn’t add to the only goal the hosts had managed to score on home soil after Mauritania were reduced to 10 men.
Jordaan said after the match: “I think it’s a disappointing performance – we have to say that up straight.
“This must be the end of the journey, not the beginning, because this cannot lead us into the 2018 campaign, where we will play the giants of the African continent.
“I hope that the Nelson Mandela Challenge against Egypt will indicate that we have the team with the determination, will and guts to win.
“What we saw tonight was disappointing. We had a goal given to us through a penalty; we had numerous opportunities, but we cannot continue to talk about the same things.”
Shakes, though, was as confident as ever.
“I wouldn’t want to comment on what the president said. I didn’t hear him.
“We aren’t permanent here. That [being fired] can happen anytime. But for now, I am still confident. I am achieving more than any other person who has coached Bafana Bafana.
“I have never failed to qualify for a tournament [before]… this is the first time.
“We are looking forward to qualifying for Russia 2018.
“With the kind of performances we are putting, there is only one problem and I haven’t heard anyone saying, ‘how are we going to solve the scoring problem?’”