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Shakes Is Safe, Supporters Debate

An emergency meeting to determine national coach Shakes Mashaba's future was held at SAFA House this weekend. The outcome of the meeting suggests that Shakes is safe for now, but the supporters haven't quite decided if this is a good or bad thing.

There are many who see this as an unwelcome development, believing that the country has seen enough following the dismal showings in the Afcon qualifiers, during which the boys only managed to score a single goal at home.

"Bafana won't win until Shakes departs." – hny Nkgapele Mogodi

"This madala should have been shown the door long time ago. He is old and outdated in modern football. To make matters worse, he failed to deliver on a mandate to get us qualified for the African Nations Cup." – mayogie4khosi

There are many out there, however, who think that continuity is what is lacking most from the national set-up, and that if Bafana can fix one or two elements in their game, the team may just be able to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

"Shakes is not a bad coach, he just needs someone with football brains like Gavin Hunt to assist him." – manocha-83

"We're all not happy with what happened against Mauritania and Shakes' shocking team selection, but we just lack one thing nje, to score at home. If we can do that and manage draws away, I bet you money Bafana will be in the World Cup in 2018. I hope SAFA, after analysing his progress, let him coach. Ta'Shakes will take us to Russia, believe that." – King_YaYa13

Whether good or bad, the supporters are very aware that Shakes is on thin ice and that if the clouds don't start clearing soon, he may find himself out in the rain without an umbrella.

"Shakes, this was a final written warning. If you do not qualify us for the World Cup in Russia, you must kiss your job goodbye. Your technical team, including yourself, should start burning the candle planning for a win against all odds. No excuse this time, you are walking on a tightrope." – Vhivha

How much longer should the nation be patient with Shakes?

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