South Africa Suspend Head Coach, Shakes Mashaba
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November 14, 2016 ( Post 1 )
The South African Football Association (SAFA), has announced the suspension of its national team head coach, Shakes Mashaba, with immediate effect.
A statement released on Monday, confirmed that the tactician did not travel with Bafana Bafana to Mozambique for their game on Tuesday, because of disciplinary reasons.
Mashaba’s future has been a subject of speculations for a while, but the 2-1 win over Senegal last weekend in a 2018 World Cup qualifier, eased pressure on the 66-year-old coach.
Owen Da Gama will take charge of the team in Maputo, having served his own one-match ban against Senegal.
“Bafana Bafana Head Coach Ephraim “Shakes” Mashaba will not join the team on their trip to Mozambique as the Association has deemed it necessary to employ disciplinary measures after a regrettable incident at Peter Mokaba Stadium on Saturday, 12 November 2016,” reads the statement released by SAFA.
“Assistant Coach Owen da Gama will take charge of the team in the above-mentioned international friendly match against Mozambique on Tuesday, 15 November 2016 in Maputo.”
“As is our custom in matters such as these, the association will not be making any further comments on this matter out of respect for the dignity of the Head Coach and the Association and the legally privileged nature of such proceedings.”
In a statement sent by Dennis Mumble to the SAFA national executive committee (NEC) members on Sunday, the SAFA CEO said Mashaba had to be disciplined after “the unpleasant events” after Saturday’s game against Senegal in Polokwane.
“Following some unpleasant events after the match of the men’s senior national team (Bafana Bafana) at Peter Mokaba Stadium yesterday, I had to meet with head coach, Ephraim Mashaba today (Sunday) to commence disciplinary steps against him,” Mumble said in the statement.
“As a result of yesterday’s events, I was forced to place the head coach on suspension with immediate effect pending a full disciplinary hearing.
“As has been policy in matters involving staff discipline, we will not respond to media enquiries except for issuing a brief statement to alert the public to the absence of the head coach from the bench for Tuesday’s friendly match against the Mozambican men’s senior national team.
“This is necessary to safeguard the dignity of the head coach and the Association in this process.
“Coach Mashaba has however asked that we convey to the NEC, and the president of the Association, in particular, his sincerest apologies if he has offended anyone and he unreservedly asked for forgiveness for Saturday’s actions.”
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