Shakes shares his se­crets

Newly ap­pointed Bafana Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba does not need to worry about fill­ing big shoes at the na­tional team. Af­ter all, he wears a size 12. Daniel Mothowagae finds out more about the man in the hot seat

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1 The name Shakes does not ap­pear on his of­fi­cial doc­u­ments. It was a moniker given to him by his team-mates in the 1970s at his orig­i­nal am­a­teur club, Pre­ston Broth­ers in Or­lando East, Soweto. “Every­one calls me Papa at home and I only use Shakes in my sig­na­ture,” he says. Mashaba’s first name is Ephraim.

2 Mashaba has been mar­ried for 31 years and has four chil­dren, among them a set of twin girls. “My fam­ily is the source of my strength ... like a crocodile whose strength is in the river. Fam­ily life is a pri­or­ity for me and my du­ties these days are to drop off and pick up my grand­chil­dren from school and take them for ice cream at the mall. Se­condary to that is my love for the gym. It’s the first thing I look for when I travel.”

3 His aim was to do of­fice work as a se­nior foot­ball ad­min­is­tra­tor when he reached 60, but Safa had other plans. “The Bafana ap­point­ment caught me off guard be­cause it means I am back on the field. Now I have to see my doc­tor for a checkup to fix my knees be­cause play­ers be­lieve in a coach who can demon­strate the drills on the field.”

4 He helped his son out with R1 mil­lion to get into busi­ness. “My son was a good player who came through the ju­niors at Or­lando Pi­rates un­der Au­gusto Pala­cios. One day he came to me and said he was not go­ing to con­tinue be­cause of the pres­sure of com­par­ing him to me. I was wor­ried. He de­cided to go to busi­ness school and came back later to ask for R1 mil­lion. He bought a Pick n Pay fran­chise in Springs.”

6 He is not afraid to cry. “When I start think­ing about what lies ahead, I get mixed emo­tions and I cry – es­pe­cially when I won­der whether I will achieve my goal or not.”

7 His team-mates used to call him Mazinyo (the one with the miss­ing teeth) af­ter he lost his front teeth fol­low­ing a nasty kick dur­ing a match in the 1970s. “We were play­ing against Katle­hong City. I was go­ing for a header and a player I only re­mem­ber as Dan ‘Nyakanyaka’ kicked me in the mouth. I lost some teeth and a few oth­ers cracked.”

8 Mashaba only held a day job once. “Af­ter I ma­tric­u­lated at Or­lando High School, I worked for a school cloth­ing shop called Snap­per. But I only lasted a few days be­cause that was not my line. I then used to sell peanuts and ap­ples in trains.”

Shakes Mashaba

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