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'Shakes' Mashaba new Bafana coach

Ephraim 'Shakes' Mashaba returns for his fourth stint in charge of the South African national football team.

Ephraim 'Shakes' Mashaba is the new coach of Bafana Bafana. Picture: Facebook.com

CAPE TOWN - Ephraim 'Shakes' Mashaba has been appointed head coach of Bafana Bafana, returning for his fourth stint in charge of the South African national team.

The South African Football Association ( SAFA) made the announcement at SAFA House on Saturday afternoon, with SAFA President Danny Jordaan confirming that Mashaba was the unanimous choice amongst the Executive Committee.

The 63-year-old Mashaba, who replaces Gordon Igesund as Bafana boss, previously led the team in 1992, 2001 and 2003.

Mashaba will vacate his role as national under-20 and under-23 coach to take up the top job in South African football.

Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula has congratulated Shakes Mashaba on his appointment as the new head coach of Bafana Bafana.

Mbalula says this must be the first step towards a new era in the sport.

"We support the decision of the new coach. I think it is time to take a long term view on what needs to happen in South African soccer. Football development is key."