Safa has high hopes for Mashaba

Safa president Danny Jordaan says Shakes Mashaba's appointment is a long-term project.

Newly appointed Bafana Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba. Picture: Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG - South African Football Association (Safa) president Danny Jordaan says the appointment of Shakes Mashaba as Bafana Bafana coach signals a new era in South African football.

The current youth team coach was unanimously elected at the national executive committee (NEC) meeting at Safa house in Soweto at the weekend.

He will begin his tenure with the senior team after his obligations at junior levels are completed.

Senior officials, NEC members and journalists alike all expressed their satisfaction with the decision to appoint Mashaba as the new coach of Bafana Bafana.

Jordaan said Mashaba has been selected to achieve long-term success.

"I hope that we'll now take the next step forward. It's a long-term project, it's a rebuilding process.

Currently in West Africa with the national under-20 team, his first task in charge will be an Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier away to Sudan on 5 September.

Jordaan has promised to give Mashaba as much assistance as he needs to make Bafana a success.

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