It's a funny old game football. Shakes Mashaba has been given a mandate of development and working towards putting together a team that can qualify and compete for future World Cups. Not getting us to the next Afcon is not something that could get him fired.
When his Bafana team was picked for this game against Sudan, I was one of the first that could not understand why Serero and May Mahlangu was not part of the team. I questioned why Kermit Erasmus was not brought into the squad based on his form. I had football agents sending me messages and emails questioning how Shakes could leave their players out when they were doing so well in Europe or locally.
And Shakes said nothing. Did not hit back at anyone, did not try justify his selections. Refreshingly he thanked Safa for the opportunity and just got on with the job.
A 3-0 result in a competitive game away from home on the continent speaks for itself. In fact it screams, "I know what I'm doing, I've got this." Shakes is cut from the cloth that won't allow him to put teams out that can't win. He won't simply occupy a position and collect a cheque until inevitably he is moved aside. He knows he has a chance to change South African football and the fortunes of Bafana Bafana. He knows that the future of the game requires young players to come through but he also knows that if you good enough, you are old enough and that is the balancing act he will have to continue to do if he hopes to keep the nation behind him.
For now the nation is firmly behind the Shakes, rattle and roll show and so am I.
That's my message to Shakes. Why don't you leave yours in the comments section below and I will make sure it gets to him.