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Shakes Mashaba sacked as Bafana coach

This follows Mashaba's suspension after Bafana beat Senegal 2-1 in a World Cup qualifier in Polokwane on 12 November.

FILE: Shakes Mashaba. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG – The South African Football Association (Safa) has confirmed that Shakes Mashaba has been fired as Bafana Bafana coach.

Mashaba was suspended after Bafana beat Senegal 2-1 in a World Cup qualifier in Polokwane on 12 November when he wagged a finger and angrily remonstrated at Safa president Danny Jordaan ahead of his post-match TV interview.

DISCIPLINARY MEASURES TAKEN AGAINST MASHABA

He was placed on suspension pending a disciplinary hearing, which took place over five days in December 2016 and was chaired by an independent legal expert who is an advocate of the High Court.

Following extensive deliberations, the committee concluded that the coach was guilty of the three charges levelled against him, namely gross misconduct/professional misconduct, gross insubordination/professional misconduct, and violation of the Safa communications policy.

“It is regrettable that we had to face the events of the past month at a time when the national team is experiencing a resurgence in its quest to qualify for the 2018 Fifa World Cup” said Safa CEO Dennis Mumble.

“Due to the seriousness of the coach’s actions, we had to release our head coach with immediate effect. We shall immediately institute a search for a new head coach familiar with African football competition who will be expected to continue the quest to qualify for the world’s apex football competition. We ask all supporters to continue to support Bafana Bafana,” the Safa CEO continued.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)

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