Safa to lose millions if Mashaba is fired
Cash-strapped Safa look set to lose another big chunk of money should the football governing body decide to part ways with Bafana Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba.
Speculation is rife that Mashaba’s tenure will come to an end after tomorrow’s Nelson Mandela Challenge against Egypt at Orlando Stadium (7.05pm).
Mashaba’s contract ends after the 2018 Fifa World Cup, and hiring a new coach will also not come cheap for the association.
Four years ago, Safa paid out R15-million to former Bafana coach Pitso Mosimane after they terminated his four-year contract worth a reported R1-million a month.
Mosimane had two years left on his contract when he was axed following Bafana’s failure to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations in 2012.
A replacement for Mashaba would need to come in as soon as possible to start preparing for the 2018 World Cup qualifiers, which kick off in less than a month against Burkina Faso.
Mashaba’s principals at Safa, including the federation’s president Danny Jordaan, have voiced their unhappiness over Bafana’s performances in the Afcon qualifiers for 2017.
This was further compounded by the team’s lacklustre 1-1 draw against Mauritania at Mbombela Stadium, Mpumalanga, on Friday night. Bafana won just once in six matches and the feeling within the association is that Mashaba will fail on the other mandate that was given to him – to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Meanwhile, both Jordaan and Safa chief executive Dennis Mumble have not been able to guarantee that Mashaba will be in charge for the World Cup qualifiers.
Mumble said at the weekend that Safa will engage with the technical team today to prepare a report for the technical committee.
The friendly against Egypt will be Bafana’s last match before the World Cup qualifier against Burkina Faso. “I have always been confident since I was appointed. We are on course and we are looking forward to qualify for Russia,” said Mashaba on Friday.
“The approach of the two teams [Mauritania and Egypt] will be different. Mauritania played for a draw. Egypt are highly tactical and we will make changes here and there,” he said.
If Safa were to look for another quick fix and fire Mashaba, then they should already have a list of potential candidates to sit on one of the hottest coaching seats on the African continent.