The speculations have come to an end about who will replace Gordon Igesund as the coach of Bafana Bafana. SAFA today announced the man entrusted to take the national team back to the glory days, it was somewhat an unexpected candidate as a lot of high profile Candidates were up for the position.
“As we speak, Shakes Mashaba is the senior national team’s coach,” Safa president Danny Jordaan told reporters at Safa House
in Nasrec, Soweto.
“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 to 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. He has also had two previous caretaker spells with the senior team. Saturday’s announcement means Mashaba leaves his role as national under-20 and under-23 coach.
Safa have opted for a local
coach despite receiving interest in the post from top mentors like Carlos Queiroz, Stephen Keshi, Frank Rijkaard and Dick Advocaat.
Chile forward Alexis Sánchez has joined Arsenal FC on a four year contract from Spanish Liga giants FC Barcelona for a fee reported to be in the region of £35m.
The exact details of the deal have not been disclosed by the Gunners, who have only confirmed that the 25-year-old has signed a “long term contract”.
“I’m so happy to be joining Arsenal, a club which has a great manager, a fantastic squad of players, huge support around the world and a great stadium,” said Sánchez. “I’m looking forward to meeting my new team-mates and playing for Arsenal in the Premier League and Champions League. I will give my best for Arsenal and want to make all the supporters happy.”
Sánchez scored 39 goals in 88 Liga outings during his three-year stint at Barcelona, whom he joined after a dream season in Serie A with Udinese Calcio. The 2010/11 Serie A player of the year – dubbed ‘El Niño Maravilla'(the Boy Wonder) brings top-level experience and flair to Arsène Wenger’s side.
Wenger said: “Alexis is a fantastic footballer and we are delighted he is joining us. Alexis will add power, creativity and much quality to our squad. He has consistently produced top-quality performances at the highest level for a number of seasons now.”
Barcelona used his funds to sanction a move for the controversial Luis Suarez. Sanchez will wear shirt number 17, as Nacho is relegated to number 18. This is a move that excites anyone at the Emirates.
Now with the final four teams confirmed, I believe its about time to predict the winner.
I will be putting my body on the line with this one, as I for see history being made.
A point worth noting is the fact that only a South American team has won a world cup in South America, so if history will repeat itself a winner will either be Argentina or their rivals Brazil.
The semi-final clashes are as follows:
Germany vs Brazil
Netherlands vs Argentina
Germany vs Brazil
Germany look a more solid team than Brazil, they have played better than the hosts who will be without their main danger man in Namibia Jr. This is the perfect opportunity for Germany to get back at Brazil who brought misery to them in Korea 2002, when the in form Ronaldo took the world cup from their grasp.
Joachim Leow has been a great manager for Germany, he came close to winning major trophies on a lot of occasions, you just get a sense that if he fails to win this one Germany will let go off him.
Final Prediction : Germany to win
Netherlands vs Argentina
Argentina has done so well to get so far, nobody really gave them a chance to get this far. They have not been up against a world class team up to so far, at least not one in the same league as Netherlands. Argentina will also be without a key player in the form of Di Maria, I feel the Netherlands will have full control of this game. Netherlands have a vast of attacking options meanwhile Argentina has probably the weakest defence of the semi-final teams.
Prediction: Netherlands to win the game
History will be made as a European side will win the world cup on South American soil, in addition another record will be brought to the front as Netherlands will win against Germany to register their first ever world cup triumph.
The Argentina-born star passed away in a Madrid hospital on Monday, two days after suffering a heart attack. Di Stefano had been in a coma since suffering a heart attack on Saturday.
Born in 1926, Di Stefano was a key member of the Real Madrid side that dominated Spanish and European football during the 1950s and early 1960s.
He spent the final two days of his life in the intensive care unit of the Gregorio Maranon hospital where he was kept in an induced coma.
Real Madrid announced that honorary president Alfredo di Stefano died at 17:15 (GMT).
A Real Madrid statement reads: “President Florentino Perez, and the club’s executive committee, would like to express their most sincere condolences, love and support for his children, family members and friends.”
Ashley Cole arrived in Rome on Monday to discuss personal terms with last season’s Serie A runners-up.
Cole, 33, is now a free agent after his Chelsea contract expired and his agent, Jonathan Barnett, confirmed at the weekend that the former England international was
considering several offers from foreign clubs.
Roma were among those strongly linked with the left-back, and the club tweeted a picture of him arriving in the Italian capital on Monday morning.
Benvenuto a Roma, Ashley! @TheRealAC3
– AS Roma (@OfficialASRoma) July 7, 2014
Who will win between the two football giants? By Daniel Chokoe The first semi-final match of the 2014 world cup has been confirmed. It is a mouth watering encounter as it will be the repeat of the 2002 world cup final clash. The host Brazil will be up against Germany to fight for a spot […]