The South African Football Association (Safa) has confirmed the dismissal of Bafana Bafana coach, Shakes Mashaba.
According to reports from a source close to Mashaba’s family, Mashaba was sacked Thursday Morning following the conclusion of his disciplinary hearing which found him guilty of gross misconduct, insubordination and bringing the SA Football Association (Safa) into disrepute.
The source told BuzzSouthAfrica that Mashaba was issued a letter terminating his job as the Safa coach and that he’s expected to vacate his post in the football association with immediate effect despite having a contract that was only due to expire after the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
BuzzSouthAfrica gathered that the case leading to Mashaba’s loss of his post came after he angrily lashed out at the Safa officials following Bafana Bafana beating of Senegal 2-1 in a World Cup qualifier in Polokwane on November 12.
Mashaba at that time, spared none of his assumed critics, directing his profanity-laced tirade at the media and his bosses inside the dressing room, the source said.
“You don’t support me but you are sabotaging me just like the journalists,” Mashaba allegedly said in addition to other unprintable remarks. “I’m being criticised. I was called a dead man before this match.”
Having been sacked, Mashaba’s technical team, which includes two assistant coaches in Owen da Gama, Thabo Senong and goalkeeper coach Lucky Shiburi, still have an uncertain future because the decision to keep them or let the go will rest with the new coach, who is still to be confirmed.
A statement released by Safa on Thursday morning reads: “Following the unfortunate incidents that occurred in Polokwane on Saturday, 12 November 2016, after the match between Bafana Bafana and Senegal, the South African Football Association (SAFA) placed Head Coach Ephraim Shakes Mashaba on suspension pending a disciplinary hearing.
“The hearing took place over five days in December 2016 (5th – 7th, 9th, 12th) and was chaired by an independent legal expert who is an Advocate of the High Court.
“Following extensive deliberations, the Chairman of the hearing concluded that the Coach was guilty of the three charges levelled against him: 1. Gross Misconduct/Professional Misconduct; 2. Gross Insubordination/Professional Misconduct; 3. Violation of the SAFA Communications Policy.
The statement also quoted Safa CEO Dennis Mumble saying: “It is regrettable that we had to face the events of the past month at a time when the National Team is experiencing a resurgence in its quest to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
“Due to the seriousness of the Coach’s actions, we had to release our Head Coach with immediate effect. We shall immediately institute a search for a new Head Coach familiar with African football competition who will be expected to continue the quest to qualify for the world’s apex football competition. We ask all supporters to continue to support Bafana Bafana.”
The South African Football Association (Safa) concluded by saying it no longer has any dealings with Shakes Mashaba