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SAFA CEO Dennis Mumble remains coy over Shakes Mashaba's future

Posted: 24 November 2016 Time: 10:08

SAFA CEO Dennis Mumble has remained withholding when asked about the future of under-fire Bafana Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba.

When questioned by reporters as to whether Mashaba would remain coach, Mumble skirted around the question with a curt, and not particularly revealing, answer: “This team will take us to 2018 for sure.”

Even when pressed further for information he simply smiled and replied, "This team will take us to 2018… we will qualify for this World Cup and I’m confident in this group of players.”

Mumble was more forthcoming about SAFA's feelings on the matter involving Senegal's complaint to CAF concerning Ghanaian referee Joseph Lamptey.

The issue arose after Lamptey awarded South Africa a controversial penalty at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in a memorable 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier 2-1 win over Senegal.

The official has since been suspended for three months following the complaint and Muble sees it fit that SAFA lay a complaint of their own relating to the ugly incident perpetrated by Senegal subsequent to the final whistle.

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“We are also protesting on the treatment we reserve by our friends and our brothers from Senegal. It was not good. There were a number of things we were not happy about… in the manner in which they obviously behaved on the day of the match,” he said.

“And yes we are going to address that issue with FIFA. I am in communication with FIFA about that and also put our side because I was not happy with the scenes that we saw there at the stadium on that day. So yes, we are doing something about that. You’ll probably hear about it once we’ve had some kind of additionally engagement with FIFA on this issue.”

Article by: Makhosonke Zuma

Tags:  SAFA

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