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Safa promises to support Mashaba

Danny Jordaan says Safa will provide assistance & support as the new Bafana head coach settles in.

Ephraim 'Shakes' Mashaba has been appointed as new head coach of Bafana Bafana. Picture: Facebook.com

JOHANNESBURG - South African Football Association (Safa) President Danny Jordaan has promised to give Ephraim 'Shakes' Mashaba as much assistance as he needs to make Bafana Bafana a success.

It was revealed on Saturday Mashaba has been appointed as new head coach of the national team, taking over from Gordon Igesund after his contract was not renewed by the national governing body.

Mashaba's first task in charge will be an Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier against Sudan on the 5 September.

Jordaan says Safa must identify areas that need support.

"We can't just announce a person to be the coach and not make sure the support structures are in place."

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.

Safa's president has also hit out at those who believe Mashaba was appointed as the new Bafana coach because he was more affordable.

Jordaan says the Safa NEC was looking for the best candidate.

"If we had to appoint a coach at a bargain price, then there were other candidates. We had to say, 'what are the things we want to achieve? And who is the person who can achieve it on our behalf?' And that name was Mashaba's. We were not looking for a bargain."