Shakes fired from Bafana Bafana, again

The South African Football Association have confirmed that Ephraim “Shakes” Mashaba has been fired as coach of Bafana Bafana, again.

Mashaba was suspended by SAFA in November after allegedly publicly insulting association president, Danny Jordaan, following Bafana Bafana’s 2-1 Soccer World Cup 2018 qualifier victory over Senegal.

“SAFA has deemed it necessary to employ disciplinary measures after a regrettable incident at Peter Mokaba Stadium on Saturday. Assistant Coach Owen da Gama will take charge of the team in the international friendly match against Mozambique in Maputo,” SAFA said in a terse statement at the time.

“As is our custom in matters such as these, the association will not be making any further comments on this matter out of respect for the dignity of the head coach and the association and the legally privileged nature of such proceedings,” the statement said.

SAFA confirmed on Thursday that Mashaba was found guilty of Gross Misconduct/Professional Misconduct; Gross Insubordination/Professional Misconduct and Violation of the SAFA Communications Policy in a hearing that took place over a period of five days.

Mashaba has previously managed the South Africa national side, between 2002 and 2004,but was sacked from the team on the eve of the 2004 African Cup of Nations in January 2004 after previously having been suspended.

Mashaba also managed the Swaziland national side, where he was appointed in May 2008. He has also managed club sides Vaal Reef Stars and Black Leopards.