Spotlight on 'Shakes' Mashaba's career

Ephraim 'Shakes' Mashaba has been praised for his impressive record in youth development.

Newly appointed Bafana Bafana head coach Ephraim "Shakes" Mashaba. Picture: Refilwe Modise/The Citizen.

JOHANNESBURG - The newly appointed Bafana Bafana coach, Ephraim 'Shakes' Mashaba was born on 6 August 1950, in Soweto.

During his playing career, he played for Preston Brother, Orlando Pirates, Swaraj FC and Moroka Swallows.

In 1992 he landed his first coaching job at Vaal Reef Stars and in 1997 he took charge of South Africa U20 side and led them to the African Youth Championship finals and the U20 World Cup in the same year.

During his time in charge, the 63-year-old oversaw the fledging careers of Benni McCarthy, Matthew Booth, Wayne Roberts, David Kannemeyer and Quinton Fortune.

Between 1998-2002, he was in charge of the very young group of players that he took charge of at U20 level.

The group followed him to the U23 where they continued to excel as they took part in the Sydney Olympics in 2000.

In July 2002 he was appointed as Bafana coach for the first time, following the resignation if Jomo Sono and in September of that year he became the first-ever man to win the Cosafa Cup.

He then went on to qualify the team to the 2004 Afcon finals, but was fired on the eve of the tournament following disagreements with the South African Football Association (Safa) hierarchy, while his relationship with key players like Benni McCarthy and Shaun Bartlett turned sour.

Mashaba had been suspended for seven days by Safa for an alleged breach of contract, and his dismissal came in a letter while an urgent interdict against his suspension was continuing at the Johannesburg High Court.

He argued that he wasn't given adequate time to defend him decisions.

In 2004 he took over as the manager of Black Leopards, who he helped survive relegation in the 2003/04 season.

His relationship with the club owners, the Thidielas family, soured and he was let go midway through the next season.

In May 2008 he took over as coach of Swaziland but left the post in June 2010 after a pay dispute with Swazi authorities.

In 2012 to 2014 he returned to youth development football as he was appointed as the U20 coach where he won the Cosafa Youth Championship in Kenya.

On 26 July he was officially appointed as Bafana Bafana coach for the second time, replacing outgoing Gordon Igesund, whose two year contract was not extended.

His impressive record on youth development has arguably earned him his second stint to lead the national side.