‘Shakes’ future shaky

2016-10-12 06:00
PHOTO:Backpagepix 2015 Indicators are clear that the majority of Safa’s big wigs are reported to be “fed- up” with Ephraim Shakes Mashaba.

PHOTO:Backpagepix 2015 Indicators are clear that the majority of Safa’s big wigs are reported to be “fed- up” with Ephraim Shakes Mashaba.

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IT obvious the knives are out for the Bafana Bafana head coach Ephraim “Shakes” Mashaba.

The message from the South African Football Association (Safa) headquarters may sound harsh, but is simple expected to predict Mashaba’s future.

“Let our beloved country Mzansi [SA] go to the next World Cup. Make sure you take Bafana Bafana to 2018 World Cup in Russia.”

On Saturday away at Ouagadougou at 8pm, the SA senior team will face Burkina Faso and a win will mean the country is on the right track, but a loss or draw will put Mashaba’s future on the thin ice.

Indicators are that Safa’s big wigs have been reportedly “fed up” with Mashaba for a long time and a minor slip up from him will put him at the exit door.

“Mashaba was given a fair mandate of qualifying for next year’s African Cup of Nations in Gabon and he failed. As the coach he is left with one goal to achieve and it’s a must … he must qualify for the next World Cup, otherwise he is history,” said a Safa source.

Although the coach is under pressure and was criticised for his recent selection, Mashaba says his troops will do the job.

“I trust the players I selected, who will die in the field of play in order to deliver. Our country stands a good chance of qualifying for the World Cup in Russia,” said Mashaba.

Mashaba failed to qualify for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations and on Saturday they will not only be playing for three points in Ouagadougou, but also to secure his future.

Bafana Bafana squad:


1. Jackson MABOKGWANE Orlando Pirates FC

2. Itumeleng KHUNE Kaizer Chief FC

3. Brighton MHLONGO Orlando Pirates FC


4. Ramahlwe MPHAHLELE Kaizer Chiefs FC

5. Rivaldo COETZEE Ajax Cape Town FC

6. Thulani HLATSHWAYO Bidvest Wits FC

7. Abbubaker MOBARA Orlando Pirates FC

8. Diamond THOPOLA Chippa United FC

9. Tebogo LANGERMAN Mamelodi Sundowns FC

10. Eric MATHOHO Kaizer Chiefs FC

11. Thabo MATLABA Orlando Pirates FC


12. Dean FURMAN Supersport United FC

13. May MAHLANGU Dinamo Bucuresti (Romania)

14. Thulani SERERO Ajax Amsterdam FC (Holland)

15. Oupa MANYISA Orlando Pirates FC

16. Ayanda PATOSI Lokeren FC (Belgium)

17. Keagan DOLLY Mamelodi Sundowns FC

18. Maphosa MODIBA Supersport United FC

19. Mpho MAKOLA Orlando Pirates FC

20. Hlompho KEKANA Mamelodi Sundowns FC


21. Eleazar RODGERS Bidvest Wits FC

22. Thamsanqa GABUZA Orlando Pirates FC

23. Thobani MCWANGO Polokwane City FC

24. Sibusiso VILAKAZI Mamelodi Sundowns FC

25. Tokelo RANTIE Gençlerbirligi (Turkey)

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