Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba suspended

The Bafana Bafana coach has been suspended following an incident that took place on Saturday

The news of Mashaba’s suspension was announced by the South African Football Association (Safa) on Sunday.

“Bafana Bafana Head Coach Ephraim “Shakes” Mashaba will not join the team on their trip to Mozambique as the Association has deemed it necessary to employ disciplinary measures after a regrettable incident at Peter Mokaba Stadium on Saturday, 12 November 2016,” Safa said in a statement.

Assistant coach Owen da Gama will take charge of the team.

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While the organisation did not elaborate on the reasons for Mashaba’s suspension, Times Live reports that the coach was suspended for disrespecting Safa President Danny Jordaan and accusing him of not giving him his support when he needed it.

Safa CEO Dennis Mumble said in a 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.

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“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.”

Additional Reporting: Times Live