Media barred from Shakes Mashaba’s disciplinary hearing

Suspended Bafana Bafana coach Ephraim "Shakes" Mashaba's disciplinary hearing is happening today

Mashaba’s disciplinary hearing is taking place today and it’s unlikely that an outcome will be reached soon. We can expect to know his fate before the end of next week.

The media have been barred from the disciplinary proceedings.

“Received calls from media on Thursday’s DC matter of suspended @BafanaBafana coach. Please note this is an internal matter! No media allowed,” South African Football Association (Safa) communications head Dominic Chimhavi said in a tweet on Wednesday.

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The news of Mashaba’s suspension was announced by Safa on November 14.

“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 was set to take charge of the team.

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.

At the time, 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 by Bulelwa Dayimani