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What Next For Shakes & SAFA?

The top brass at the South African Football Association are expected to hold a meeting to discuss the future of Bafana Bafana coach, Shakes Mashaba.

Read: Barker: Shakes Could Be In For A Shock

Mashaba has an impressive record as Bafana coach, with the most wins of any coach with 23 victories (14 draws and five losses) in 42 games. He also has the highest win rate of any national team coach winning an impressive 55% of his games.

Nevertheless, in recent months, Mashaba has come under harsh criticism for his selection criteria and questions have been raised about the side’s performances of late.

Bafana put in an impressive showing against Senegal, running out 1-0 winners in the Nelson Mandela Challenge last night.

However, prior to that they lost 3-1 to lowly-ranked Mauritania over the weekend, leaving them bottom of AFCON qualifying Group M on one point. With four games left, two of which are against African powerhouse Cameroon, Bafana face an uphill task of qualifying for the 2017 showpiece.

Siya sources have indicated that the head honchos at SAFA are set to meet in the not too distant future to discuss, among other matters, the future of Mashaba.

 “Serious talks between the SAFA bosses and the head coach are on the cards. The question Mashaba is expected to have to answer concerns his inconsistent selection criteria,” a source told Soccer Laduma.

Read: Barker: Shakes Hasn't Delivered

Bafana have six games coming up in October and November, two of which are friendlies, two Chan qualifiers and two vitally important FIFA preliminary qualifiers against Angola. It remains to be seen whether SAFA sticks with Mashaba for these important fixtures or decides to make a change.

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