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Kungwane: Mashaba ideal for Bafana job

Former footballer Isaac Kungwane believes Shakes Mashaba is ideal to replace Gordon Igesund.

Former Bafana Bafana player Isaac Kungwane expects coach Gordon Igesund to be sacked, with Amajita coach Shakes Mashaba (pictured) his preferred replacement. Picture: Facebook.com.

JOHANNESBURG - Isaac Kungwane believes that Shakes Mashaba would make the perfect replacement should Gordon Igesund be fired as Bafana Bafana head coach.

Igesund is due to meet SAFA executives on Thursday to discuss his side's failure to advance to the knockout stages of the 2014 Orange African Nations Championship (CHAN), as well as to address allegations that he tried to improperly influence players over bonuses during the tournament.

Kungwane believes Mashaba's belief in youth development would make him the right person to possibly take over from Igesund.

"I've been a firm believer in 'local is lekker'. For me Shakes Mashaba deserves the job, and it would be nice for Shakes. He just won with the young boys, and unfortunately Gordon didn't believe in young boys. Gordon believed in tried-and-trusted."

Kungwane also believes that recent controversies with the national team mean Igesund will be fired.

"He failed on his mandates. He had about two or three mandates that he failed, and the last straw is this one with the CHAN."

Kaizer Chiefs legend Marks Maponyane believes the issues currently plaguing the national team have been highlighted many times before by previous coaches.

"Changing coaches doesn't solve the problem. So many coaches have come and gone, and most of them have complained about a lack of quality, especially in the final third. Scoring goals has always been the problem."

Maponyane also thinks the solution to the lack of proper football development in the country lies with specialised academies.

"A lot has to be done. But mainly we need to have different academies, and those academies must be focused academies. If Tom has an academy of defenders, someone else has an academy of midfielders, and others have academies of strikers, then we know we're getting somewhere."