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'Bra Shakes Will Cost Us More Than Saving Us'

We continue to choose the best and most active users on our site, and give them a little footballing exam to pick their brains. This week we talk to Mentashe, and his second question is: What do you think of the job coach Shakes Mashaba has done so far?

"Bra Shakes started very well in the Bafana Bafana team, especially when he qualified us for Afcon after a very long time of us admiring all the other nations qualifying every time it came to all these big stage competitions," he said.

"The truth is that Shakes has never been the man for the job; I think he can do a good job in the supporting structure, be it as the assistant coach or as a SAFA consultant, just to motivate the guys, but his selection and player management are very worrying.

"I once said the U23s we had in 2000 were just on a level of their own, hence their success. Bra Shakes has taken us backwards in terms of FIFA ranking, and Bra Shakes has taken us backwards in terms of growing as the national team.

"You cannot rebuild without a player to build around. Every nation has at least six to eight players that any ordinary supporter can name in the national team, like in the old Bafana team you could name the whole team, and come the day of the match, you will get around 90% of your estimation right. Can you do that with the current national team? No.

"I believe he should leave as we don't need excuses and emotional coaches in the national team, we need progress.

"Shakes will not qualify us for the 2017 Afcon and mathematics will not help us, but it is reality that we need to face. We have coaches who can sport the talent and who can apply logic in selecting the national team.

"I'm a Kaizer Chiefs die-hard, but I believe we should have used a number of Orlando Pirates players in those Afcon qualifiers, those who had experience in Africa.

"If I had to choose a new coach, I would go for Gavin Hunt. Bra Shakes will cost us more than saving us, and we surely do not need an overseas coach. We have the talent that can help us challenge Africa and the world's powerhouses."


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