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READER’S VIEW: Shakes Mashaba the right choice

Posted: 27 July 2014 Time: 18:12

In the past few weeks on different social media platforms, the nation debated on the various big names who were likely to be announced as Bafana Bafana’s new head coach. 

The likes of Stephen Keshi, Carlos Queiroz and Frank Rijkaard were all part of the supposed short-list for the post.

Looking back at his unceremonious departure from Bafana in 2004, the odds were stacked against Ephraim ‘Shakes’ Mashaba getting the job.

Although I felt he was the country’s best bet, I doubted SAFA … I believedthey would could continue with their preference of appointing another foreign coach. As the clock ticked, it was getting clearer and clearer that either Quieroz or Keshi would be the coach.

But after weeks of anticipation, members of the South African Football Association finally proved my wrong. I didn’t expect it and maybe it was a good thing because I have never been happier.

Not only because a local coach was chosen, but because it is one that understands what development is and what it can do for the country. It is certainly a defining moment in the history of South African football and I must give credit to the leadership of Dr Danny Jordaan.

The 63 year old is no stranger to South African football, having coached Bafana, the Under-17s, Under-20s and Under-23s, and acted as a technical advisor to Banyana Banyan.

He has been through the ranks, and in his article titled ‘The challenges of developing talent in football’, he critically states the challenges facing our development, from talent scouting, to age-cheating, the lack of quality coaching and other reasons.

His article made me realise that this man has a deeper understanding of development and might just be the man with a plan.

I know it is not going to be easy – we know what Bafana have been through – but there is no-one who knows that more than Mashaba. In his tenure as Bafana coach, his records stands at 20 matches played, with 12 wins, five draws and three losses. Not a bad record, he must now finish where he left and make the nation proud.

I once again congratulate SAFA and hope that he will be given room to make something out of the mess that's been the national team. Well done ‘Bra Shakes’ and good luck … I support you 100 per cent!

By the way, can we also have a name change for the senior football team? Let this period unleash new beginnings and greatness for our football and the nation. 

By Palesa Motshoene

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Sir T
posted: 2014-07-27 16:29:57

Palesa o bua nyoko man....does the name play football? If you dont like the name, just call the team South African National Squad. Mashaba is no saint...he needs his space to work and must be given all the support. Like GI, Barker, Pitso, VV, Tom, Mary, Palesa and everyone else, Mashaba has his own haters to deal with. He will be judged from day one, for selecting so and so and leaving out such and such. Good luck coach.

Top8 is 4 Nincompoops!
posted: 2014-07-27 16:32:38

Again SAFA opted for being stingy than appointing and paying for someone with tactical nous and diversity. In 2014 we will be stuck with the 70s flat 4-4-2 and tactical anectdotes like 'strength of the crocodile is in the river'. What were the lessons of Brazil 2014 Jordaan as you said on Marawa 083 show that new methods and way forward trends were learnt?

Bafana will never navigate to gear 2, this because some of us who followed Baba Houza coaching from 1992 to present have realized he is not the one for new methods. The Dutch though finished third showed us each game needs new innovation and tactical adaptability, something we will only dream of.

It seems Palesa you have read not watched and studied Mashaba's work. He was out of his wits end at France U21 in 2002 but guess what, in stead of being shown the door Jomo had SAFA hire him. The selfsame Jomo rescued him to beat I Coast to qualify for Afcon 2014, somethings media in their fights with Dr Khoza opt to ignore

Bucs4eva Phindamzala
posted: 2014-07-27 16:43:54

Ag wena u dont knw what u want! Please keep quite with ur Dutch tendencies

Bucs4eva Phindamzala
posted: 2014-07-27 16:46:16

Brilliant decision by SAFA to hire a local coach... all we need to do as a nation is to support the team and let the coach do his job the way he knws it best. Gud luck shakes

Top8 is 4 Nincompoops!
posted: 2014-07-27 16:51:30

The selfsame Jomo rescued him to beat I Coast to qualify for Afcon 2014, oops AFCON 2004, I meant to write....

Zero My Hero
posted: 2014-07-27 16:52:46

The Suave  Who do you think will be the right coach for BB?

posted: 2014-07-27 16:56:38

Wat is his mandate????????

posted: 2014-07-27 17:03:27

Without proper development structures and technical support, we will remain flops!!! Development.........PSL and club support....better NFD.....etc

posted: 2014-07-27 17:06:41

Good move, something which was long over due. After the 2010 world cup Bafana missed an opportunity to overall the team, and what a painful 4 years that followed and turned to be the worst in our history, also recording a record defeat scoreline of 5-0 in our home country.

I don't expect to see more than 7 players who have been tried and tested to still form part of the 23 going forward. Its time to say good bye to the bunch of players who have disappointed the nation multiple and countless times. The group of players that may still be part of the Bafana dream team are the likes of May Mahlangu, Eric Mathoho, Thulani Serero, Ronwen Williams, and Ayanda Patosi. The rest we should build from scratch i.e. unknown players.

posted: 2014-07-27 17:10:51

smashed To qualify the country for Afcon 2017.and world cup 2018. If he qualifies for Afcon 2015 will be a bonus.

posted: 2014-07-27 17:14:02

smashed Its only 4 months away to Morocco 2015 Afcon tournament, so for this one SAFA is not expecting any miracles, but me knowing Mr Shakes Mashaba he will do anything to get us there so that he can use the tournament to build a powerful team.

@Bongz # Bucs
posted: 2014-07-27 17:55:26

Media promoted this guy other than that he has no basis of getting the job. Probably Mbalula influence the decision

If wrong then I challenge kickoff to provide us with stats:

Has mashaba ever won a cup as a coach?

What coaching qualifications does he have?

Even Khompela has a better record

posted: 2014-07-27 17:57:04

Congrats Mr Mashaba. I trust that you told the powers that be to give you the necessary space and resources. Hopefully one of your plans is to ensure that soccer as a sport is not the reserve of only black people but the pride of the South African population at large. Last but not least, I trust that you will be able to take our football to much greater and deserved heights. Enkosi kakhulu. 

posted: 2014-07-27 18:15:07

...past his SASSA  OLD AGE pension . In 2-3 years he'll be 70years old and still going strong on muti  Aish.......... 

double touch
posted: 2014-07-27 18:19:43

My only wish now is for him to appoint Steve as his assistant and for Steve to accept it. I think with the both of them, we can go places. They are more reserved and read the game appropriately

posted: 2014-07-27 18:20:11

@Bongz # Bucs Thank You Baas Jordaan for giving me the job. You deserve the R7 million they give you as golden handshake. Looks everything with shakes in it is goodluck.

posted: 2014-07-27 18:24:28

@Bongz # Bucs What cup did Steve Khompela win since his coaching career? nothing. He was once a coach of under 23 and failed to qualify them to 2008 Beijing(Having coached the under 23's from 2005 to 2008 - full four year cycle).

Mr Shakes Mashaba qualified Amajita in under 20 Malaysia world cup in 1999, qualified Amaglugglug into Sydney 2000 Olympics for under 23's, He qualified Bafana Bafana for 2004 Afcon tournament before he was fired for not calling big name players against England in a friendly played in Dbn. (I called them big egos with big attitude, Those were Fish, Bartlett, Radede, Masinga, Fortune, Mccarthy) 

In 2009 he was runners up to Ghana in Maputo for the All Africa games. 

In 2010 he took the under 23 to the last 16 of the World cup under 23 hosted in Egypt before losing after extra time to Ghana the eventually Champions.

In 2011 he took the under 23 to the 2012 London Olympic final qualifying tournament in Senegal where he was denied more than 7 regular players, he drew the two first games (IvoryCoast and Gabon) before losing to Egypt.

During his Bafana Bafana he also won the Cosafa cup, in December 2013 he took the under 20's to Cosafa cup and became the Champions.

posted: 2014-07-27 18:35:02

How long does one expect Shakes to be with the team. He is past his SASSA OLD AGE GRANT date. In 2-3 years  he'll be 70 years old.It's time for Taata to call it a day. It's to late'

Thank you Taata.

Top8 is 4 Nincompoops!
posted: 2014-07-27 18:53:07

He qualified for 2000 Sydney ka back door, beating New Zealand, which in football is non-achievement. Not calling 'big names' was in 2003, where I mentioned Jomo took over and prepared the team that faced Ivory Coast for 2004 qualification. Let us not forget that Baroka & Maluti beat Chiefs & Bucs respectively but where are they now?

Should Chokoe or Ramorebodi of the said teams coach under 20/23 for their once off big scalp wins?

posted: 2014-07-27 19:00:01

HoosainJacobs lol

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