Gesture? What gesture? Shakes Mashaba asks Congo coach to prove claim

2014-10-16 08:41

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Bafana Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba has challenged Congo-Brazzaville mentor Claude le Roy to produce evidence that he made an obscene gesture towards him.

This came after Le Roy once again took a dig at Mashaba after the goalless draw at Peter Mokaba Stadium in in Polokwane in their Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.

For the second day running, the Frenchman accused Mashaba of unsporting behaviour and said he had no respect for people who did not respect football.

Le Roy claimed Mashaba made some sort of gesture to him after the game.

“In my 34 years of coaching I had never seen something like that. It’s a pity I can’t say it in front of women here but it is not acceptable for someone to do that,” said a visibly annoyed Le Roy.

But Mashaba pleaded innocent to the accusations and challenged Le Roy to produce evidence.

“I never came close to that man. Let him come with pictures,” said Mashaba when he was asked to respond to Le Roy’s accusation.

“If he was here I would be able to answer him because I don’t know what he is talking about. I don’t know what I did. I know nothing about this.”

But Le Roy once again accused Mashaba of lacking humility. He said the Confederation of African Football (CAF) should look into the incident and take action.

“Football is game of humility and when you win then you have to show humility but this man did not do that. I love this country and the people here and I have always had a high regard for fellow coaches but not this one who did not show any respect.

“I cannot tell whether the man in charge of Bafana is a coach, because of what he did to me at the end of the game, but Fifa and CAF will have the picture next week and see if they consider something.

“Because when you are a coach, you are an educator, you cannot have such terrible behaviour at the end of the game. I am shocked by this behaviour.

“For 34 years I was never sacked, I never had a problem with anybody.”

Le Roy said he was happy with how his team performed on the night and said they now know what to do in the final two games to ensure qualification for Morocco.

“I’m very proud of my players because of their performance and their behaviour. We try always to play football to respect the opposing team.”

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