Stuart Baxter is the new Bafana coach

By Daniel Chokoe


This slideshow requires JavaScript.

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.


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.

Hansa Pilsener becomes Arsenal’s official partner

By Daniel Chokoe

Premier League soccer club Arsenal have agreed a sponsorship deal with Hansa Pilsener beer.

The South African Breweries brand will become the English side’s official beer partner within
South Africa. It will have sole rights to use official Arsenal marks in the country on promotional
materials, and will give its consumers the chance to win signed Arsenal merchandise and trips to the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal players will also appear in Hansa Pilsener campaigns. The financial terms of the deal were
not released.

“We are delighted to welcome Hansa Pilsener to the club as an official partner,” said Arsenal sales
and marketing director Vinai Venkatesham. “We are always looking to engage with our supporters and fans of the game globally, and through this
partnership we will be able to offer exclusive access to the club while giving Hansa Pilsener
the opportunity to reach our millions of supporters in South Africa through creative digital
media campaigns.”

Khensani Nobanda, the general manager of Hansa Pilsner, added: “Hansa is a beer brewed for
dreamers; it’s a brand that represents pulling out all the stops until you reach your goal. There is no doubt that Arsenal’s 2014 FA Cup victory touched and inspired many a fan in South Africa who will be following closely as the team prepares to repeat this success.”

As winners of the FA Cup in 2013/14, Arsenal play Premier League champions Manchester City at Wembley Stadium on Sunday in the Community
Shield – the traditional curtain-raiser for the English soccer season.

Arsenal are really growing their brand and want to reach global support from fans. Who knows maybe they might have their pre-season games in South Africa soon.