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Shakes Mashaba shrugs off Bafana criticism

Bafana Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba says he’s not really aware of the pressure that he’s under.

FILE: Bafana Bafana head coach Shakes Mashaba. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Bafana Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba has again batted away the criticism that he's come in for following the side's failure to qualify for African Cup of Nations 2017.

Bafana Bafana are in action in tonight's Nelson Mandela Challenge game at the Orlando Stadium against a powerful and full strength Egypt side coached by Hector Cuper.

South African Football Safa's National Executive Committee is expected to receive a technical report on the Afcon campaign, with World Cup qualifiers coming up later this year.

Interestingly, Mashaba says he's not really aware of the pressure that he's under.

"Criticism is something that's always there. You're being criticised even if you're eating, people will tell you eat too much. So we've accepted that, we've learned to live with that.

"Most unfortunately you don't get exactly what people want you to tell you about this criticism. They will say he didn't play well but you don't get an elaboration."

He says he knows nothing about his job being on the line.

"I know nothing about that, until somebody comes and tells me that this is what's happening. I don't read newspapers… I'm not joking, I'm serious. If there's something that somebody wants to tell me, they've got to come to me."