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