If you’re worried the suspension of Bafana Bafana’s Head Coach Ephraim ‘Shakes’ Mashaba, would hamper the positive team spirit that enabled them crush Senegal, you’ve got to hold your peace.
Reports have it that the team maintained its boisterous mood after they arrived Mozambique, and are set to clash with Mozambican for the friendly international at Maputo.
As Shakes did not travel with the team following his suspension, Assistant coach Owen da Gama will be in charge of the team for the Tuesday, 15 November match.
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SAFA refused to buttress on the issues surrounding the suspension of the Head Coach.
“..The Association will not be making any further comments on this matter out of respect for the dignity of the Head Coach and the Association…” it simply stated.
However, it’s been speculated that the 66-year-old Head Coach argued with and even insulted officials from the national body.
As rumoured, he publicly accused SAFA President of failing to support him when he needed it most.
SAFA CEO, Dennis Mumble partially confirmed the rumors saying he initiated the disciplinary action against Mashaba after some unpleasant events.
“Following some unpleasant events after the match of the men’s senior national team at Peter Mokaba Stadium yesterday, I had to meet with head coach, Ephraim Mashaba…to commence disciplinary steps against him.
“…I was forced to place the head coach on suspension with immediate effect pending a full disciplinary hearing,” Mumble relate in a statement.
This wouldn’t be the first time Mashaba clashes with SAFA bosses. He has for instance, made trouble with them over his preference of local-based footballers to those playing in Europe.