Stuart Baxter is the new Bafana coach

By Daniel Chokoe

 

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SuperSport United head coach Stuart Baxter is set to be unveiled as the new head coach for the South African senior national team, Bafana Bafana.

Various reports emerged on Thursday morning that Baxter had put pen to paper with the South African Football Association (Safa) to fill the the vacancy left by Shakes Mashaba in December 2016.

The former was shown the exit door by SAFA after being found guilty of gross misconduct and insubordination among other charges.

According to Safa’s head of communications Dominic Chimhavi, the deal has been concluded and the official announcement will be made soon to the public.

“We’ve finalised everything and pen has been put to paper. The announcement could be tomorrow or anytime from now. It’s just a matter of calling you guys [the media] to the official announcement,” Chimhavi told Sowetan.

Ruud Krol has emerged as the man identified to replace the Englishman, however the former Orlando Pirates tactician would only be in charge of the team at the start of next season after the club made it clear that they will hold on to their head coach for the remainder of the current campaign.

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Watch : Shakes Mashaba has been suspended

Daniel Chokoe

Bafana Bafana coach Ephraim “Shakes” Mashaba has been suspended with immediate effect after he disrespected his boss, SAFA president Danny Jordaan, in the full view of the television cameras in Polokwane on Saturday.

Mashaba who admitted that he was a dead man walking showed his discontent with his Boss, whom he accused of not being supportive.

The footage can be be seen below:

 

SAFA CEO Dennis Mumble released a statement to the Safa national executive committee members on Sunday, the Safa CEO said he had to institute disciplinary action against Mashaba after “the unpleasant events” that unfolded after the game.

“Following some unpleasant events after the match of the men’s senior national team (Bafana Bafana) at Peter Mokaba Stadium yesterday, I had to meet with head coach, Ephraim Mashaba today (Sunday) to commence disciplinary steps against him,” Mumble said in the statement.

“As a result of yesterday’s events, I was forced to place the head coach on suspension with immediate effect pending a full disciplinary hearing.

“As has been policy in matters involving staff discipline, we will not respond to media enquiries except for issuing a brief statement to alert the public to the absence of the head coach from the bench for Tuesday’s friendly match against the Mozambican men’s senior national team.

“This is necessary to safeguard the dignity of the head coach and the Association in this process.

“Coach Mashaba has however asked that we convey to the NEC, and the president of the Association, in particular, his sincerest apologies if he has offended anyone and he unreservedly asked for forgiveness for (Saturday’s actions.”

Will we ever see Shakes on Bafana bench? That remains to be seen.

Banyana Banyana Are Through To The Final With A Win Over Nigeria


 

Janine van Wyk scored a first-half screamer as a the mighty Super Falcons team were defeated 1-0 by Banyana Banyana in the CAF African Women Championship semi-final on Wednesday.

Central defender Janine van Wyk scored the all-important goal in the 23rd minute, after Nigeria failed to clear their lines from a South African corner, and Van Wyk was on hand to strike the ball from 25 metres out with her left foot, and watch as it dipped in off the underside of the crossbar past goalkeeper and captain Precious Dede.

Banyana Banyana will face Equatorial Guinea in the Final in Malabo on Sunday, November 11, after the hosts defeated Cameroon 2-0 in the first semi-final played earlier in the day.

The victory marked Banyana’s first ever triumph over Nigeria, the number-one ranked side in Africa, since their international debut in 1993.

In the second half, the Nigerians came to the fore with attacking play but Banyana keeper Thoko Mndaweni was not in a generous mood between the posts.

The Nigerian attacks were often neutralised by some fine defensive work, with centre-back Amanda Sister combining superbly with Van Wyk, aided well by fullbacks Gabisile Hlumbane Van Wyk’s clubmate Nothando Vilakazi.

With the speed of striker Jermaine Seoposenwe a major problem for the Nigerian rearguard, and with the experienced Portia Modise dominating the midfield tussles along with captain Amanda Dlamini and young tough-tackling Refiloe Jane, the South Africans saved their best performance at the tournament for the clash with the Nigerians.

Van Wyk is becoming a thorn in Nigeria’s flesh from a goal-scoring perspective, having netted with a superb free-kick against the Super Falcons at the 2012 CAF African Women Championship held in Ekurhuleni.

“I have been in the Banyana Banyana side since 2004 and we have tried for so long to beat the Nigerians but luck has never been on our side, but now we have proved that we can compete and beat of the best on the continent,” said Van Wyk, whose strike was her ninth in a Banyana Banyana jersey.

Speaking after the game, Banyana coach Joseph Mkhonza said: “Seeing Banyana beat Nigeria for the first time in our team’s history has left us with an amazing sense of pride and confidence ahead of Sunday’s Final against the hosts Equatorial Guinea. All of our players need to be commended for their commitment and discipline shown.

“We had to pick ourselves up after the opening match defeat against Equatorial Guinea and have applied ourselves to beat Senegal, the Democratic Republic of Congo and now Nigeria.

“We have some homework to do before Sunday’s Final, knowing we will play in front of a large red-clad crowd in what is certain to be a packed Malabo Stadium, but we will be ready for the challenge,” added Mkhonza.