SAFA confident Shakes Mashaba was fired fairly
Posted: 5 January 2017 Time: 11:15
SAFA appear confident they covered their bases amid reports Ephraim 'Shakes' Mashaba may challenge his sacking as coach of Bafana Bafana.
Mashaba was fired in December after being found guilty of 'gross misconduct, insubordination and violating SAFA's communications policy' at a disciplinary hearing.
Shakes was previously indefinitely suspended from his coaching duties on November 13 following a tirade aimed at the SAFA hierachy after Bafana's 2-1 win over Senegal in World Cup qualifying.
According to Sowetan LIVE, Mashaba is considering approaching the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration as he feels he was unfairly dismissed. His contract was due to expire after the 2018 World Cup.
However, SAFA CEO Dennis Mumble is quoted as saying to Sowetan LIVE on Wednesday: "The issue is we have a watertight case that we are 200 percent sure we cannot lose.
"We went through a meticulous process to make sure that all the parties were represented fairly.
"The process was run by an independent chairperson and we even bent over backwards when we could not get hold of him before the hearing.
"And when we finally got hold of him on another phone‚ he asked for a postponement and we granted him that. That ticks off the fairness column."
While Mashaba may either want his old job back or financial compensation, SAFA's position suggests they will continue searching for his successor.
The 2019 AFCON qualifiers are scheduled to start in either March or June, pending CAF confirmation, while Bafana will resume their World Cup qualifying campaign against Cape Verde Islands in September.