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“Was Sacking Shakes The Right Choice?” – Reader’s Voice

“Was Sacking Shakes The Right Choice?” – Reader’s Voice

By Kgabo lebogang - Jan 16, 2017 12:43 PM

The news of Shakes Mashaba’s dismissal came as a shock and there are still voices screaming “where next from here”. SAFA made the shocking decision to release ‘Shakes’ Mashaba from his duties and left the rest of the nation questioning whether it was because of the incident with the media or if it was because of his failure to qualify for AFCON.

There are those who still believe that Rome was not build in a day, that football is a passionate game and is full of unpredictable events - that is why we love the game so much. When we look at how the events that took place that lead to the moment where ‘Shakes’ refused to talk to the media. And you can point fingers at SAFA for not playing their cards well.

In football, everyone knows that you are only good as your last much. And after BAFANA failed to qualify for the 2017 AFCON, things started to take a turn for the former Bafana coach. It was unfortunate, but they were heading in the right direction. However, the media fed ‘Shakes’ to the wolfs and they showed no mercy.

What I didn’t appreciate from SAFA is that they didn’t defend their man, stand by their word, and make the rest of the country know that ‘Shakes’ was there to stay. The World Cup qualifiers are not going too badly, and Bafana are second on the table. However, SAFA found the perfect excuse to let Mashaba go.

They first suspended him for defending himself after SAFA failed to defend him as a governing body. So he defended himself from the wrath of the media and SAFA suspend him, then showed him the door - a poor decision from SAFA.

Where next for the squad from here on? Bafana want to qualify for the World Cup, while they, themselves, lack stability. Whatever happens next, SAFA will be judged on was it wise to let ‘Shakes’ go.

Do you think SAFA made the right choice when they dismissed Shakes Mashaba?

*This article was written by a Soccer Laduma reader and reflects their opinion, not that of Soccer Laduma.


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blackmail Joined: 12 Oct 2013
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blackmail Jan 18, 2017 07:31 AM
Mashaba did not follow his mandate as a coach and therefore he lost his job.
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alcatraz Joined: 21 Feb 2013
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alcatraz Jan 18, 2017 05:44 AM
unsatisfactory results quietly turned mashaba into a non vision coach who ended up wanting to fix the"unseen"then wen he shot the big guns, he breaks down in front of millions of his employers calling them backstabbers,very unprofesional.As for safa they made too many mistakes but to get rid of this volcano they did good no regrets,right choice SAFA
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djlemarti Jan 17, 2017 11:32 PM
I Think He Shoot Himself On The Foot.
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luzipho.n81@gmail.com Jan 17, 2017 09:40 PM
that was the very best thing that they have ever done in south African football history he was useless and headless full of jealous and a non compatriot and I would fire him even when I see him here in Bizana fire fire
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siyandat Jan 17, 2017 08:47 PM
it was the best decision ever dont know y they dragged their feet, he won friendly games n lost official ones so y should we keep someone like that whos arrogant n acts bossy not as a coach so as to show a father figue so good riddance his dismissal was long over due.
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Glamour boys akaKhosination Jan 17, 2017 08:26 PM
It was long overdue
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lesiba ko-c 4 life Joined: 04 Dec 2015
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lesiba ko-c 4 life Jan 17, 2017 05:17 PM
I'll tell when u announce the new bafana coach....
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mountainofmolotov Joined: 14 Dec 2016
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mountainofmolotov Jan 17, 2017 05:16 PM
Sacking shakes was de best thing dat safa ever did in 2016 bravo to dem on dat one..to me it wasn't a shock infact it took too long fo him to b shown de door
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king leo 10 Joined: 17 Feb 2016
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king leo 10 Jan 17, 2017 04:10 PM
They really make a good decision by fire shakes the guy was not taking us anywhere he was just useless
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Skyvodka Jan 17, 2017 03:01 PM
Yes he was very arrogant. he won most(if not all) his friendly matches and lost most of the important matches, hence we did not qualify for AFCON 2017. Affirmative action does not work in football(Sports),
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mercedece Joined: 03 May 2011
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mercedece Jan 17, 2017 02:15 PM
Good one cowditor. He failed, to qualify for the Afcon
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kgabo lebogang Joined: 16 Jan 2017
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kgabo lebogang Jan 17, 2017 12:59 PM
@#mnini Not that he was over confident, but he has to be confident in order to pass on to his players.
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#mnini Joined: 30 Dec 2016
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#mnini Jan 17, 2017 11:54 AM
gud idea he was full of himself

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