Mashaba is new South Africa coach
The South African Football Association (SAFA) has appointed Ephraim ‘Shakes’ Mashaba as the new Bafana Bafana coach.
The 63-year old takes over from Gordon Igesund whose contract had expired, supersport.com reports.
Mashaba’s appointment brings to an end weeks of speculation and debate on who will take over the senior national team’s job.
Announcing Mashaba’s appointment at a packed media conference on Saturday, SAFA President, Dr. Danny Jordaan, said the entire National Executive Committee of the body was confident of a new era under Mashaba’s reign.
“He has a proven record, is a hard worker and he fulfilled all requirements we were looking for to drive our senior national team back to where we all believe it belong – at the top,” said Dr. Jordaan.
In accepting his appointment, an elated Mashaba said he was relishing the challenge and the expectations of the entire nation.
“First of all, I would like to thank the SAFA NEC for the confidence that they have demonstrated in me. This is a massive but exciting test. I am elated and ready for the challenge,” said Mashaba from Mali where he is with the country’s U- 20 team.
“I will do all my best to bring back the winning mentality within Bafana Bafana. With the support of all South Africans, the goal of taking Bafana Bafana back to the top is very achievable,” he stated.
He coached Bafana Bafana from 2002-2004 and this will be his second stint with the national team.
His first assignment will be the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier for Morocco 2015 against Sudan on the weekend of 5/7 September in Khartoum.
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