Shakes Mashaba back in the Bafana hot seat

2014-07-26 14:30

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South African coach Ephraim 'Shakes' Mashaba has been appointed head coach of Bafana Bafana, the SA Football Association (Safa) announced.

"As we speak Shakes Mashaba is the senior national team's coach," Safa president Danny Jordaan told reporters at Safa House in Nasrec, Soweto, today.

"We ask for patience from the public and the media. Let us watch Shakes grow into this role."

Mashaba (63) replaces outgoing boss Gordon Igesund, whose contract, which runs until the end of August, has not been renewed.

The Soweto-born mentor is no stranger on the local scene, having previously held the Bafana position in 2002, before he was appointed head coach of the Swaziland national team four years later.

Today's announcement means Mashaba leaves his role as national under-20 and under-23 coach.

Mashaba did not attend the Safa announcement because he was with the South African men's under-20 team on a tour of West Africa.

The team was scheduled to play an international friendly against Mali in Bamako today.

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