Ephraim ‘Shakes’ Mashaba’s future as the head coach of the South African senior national team will soon be known, with the powers that be in discussions about the way forward.
Mashaba’s future as Bafana Bafana coach has been in doubt, following the team’s failure to qualify for next year’s Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon.
Although Bafana recently won the Nelson Mandela Challenge with their victory over Egypt, the team’s failure to qualify for AFCON resulted in Mashaba’s role as the head coach being questioned.
Mashaba’s bosses at the South African Football Association are set for a technical meeting today (Saturday) to discuss the position of the team under the 66-year-old’s mentorship, with his exit from the national team believed to be imminent.
It is in all likelihood that from that technical meeting a vote of no confidence could be brought up against Mashaba. Indication is that Mashaba will be told to leave his position as the man at the helm of Bafana.
Bidvest Wits coach Gavin Hunt and former Orlando Pirates coach Ruud Krol are some of the names bandied about as possible candidates for the Bafana coaching job, should Mashaba be shown the door.
Pirates coach Muhsin Ertugral has also been mentioned, although he it is unlikely that he will be available for the job, as he recently joined the Buccaneers.
Mashaba’s assistant at Bafana Owen da Gama and South Africa U17 coach Molefi Ntseki could be considered for interim coaching role, should the SAFA hierarchy decide to search for an overseas coach if Mashaba is relieved of his duties.
Bafana will have their first qualifying game for the 2018 World Cup coming up against Burkina Faso on October 3.
Depending on the decision of the technical meeting, the team could begin their World Cup qualifying campaign with a new coach in charge.