By Daniel Chokoe
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.