Bafana coach health scare
Bafana Bafana coach Ephraim “Shakes” Mashaba is recuperating at home after spending more than a week in hospital on the West Rand.
A seemingly recovered Mashaba, who was in high spirits this week, told City Press that he had been diagnosed with a lung infection, which also affected his heartbeat.
An upbeat Mashaba, who was a spectator at Bidvest Stadium when Wits hosted Mamelodi Sundowns in the middle of the week, said it was all systems go, adding he just needed a few more days to recover fully.
“I was travelling around the country from Bloemfontein to Cape Town and I could feel something was not right, then I went to consult. The doctors diagnosed me with an infection in the lungs. It also affected my heartbeat, but I am okay now. I feel strong now, hence I decided to go watch the game,” he said.
Mashaba, who is set to announce the squad that will play Gambia on Thursday, said he had been given the green light to continue with his duties.
Bafana play Gambia in the must-win Africa Cup of Nations qualifier if it is to salvage a slim chance of qualifying for Gabon next year.
The match will take place on June 4 at the Independence Stadium in Bakau,
Jordaan missed the third Fifa Congress in a row by not attending the 66th Fifa congress in Mexico City this week.
Safa was represented by CEO Dennis Mumble and vice-president Lucas Nhlapo.
The two-day meeting was the governing body’s first congress presided over by new Fifa president Gianni Infantino. He was elected in February. Items on the agenda included to bring all 209 member associations up to speed on crucial matters such as the governance reforms approved by the extraordinary congress in February, and the organisation’s plans to enhance football development.
Jordaan did not pick up his phone when called for comment, nor did he respond to the SMS sent to him.
Safa spokesperson Dominic Chimhavi said he was also struggling to locate his president.
Jordaan has not attended any Fifa gathering since the US Attorney-General identified two South Africans as coconspirators in the 2010 World Cup bribery allegations in May last year.
To date, he has not attended three important gatherings of the world football governing body. Jordaan‚ who is the executive mayor of Nelson Mandela Bay, has always cited his busy schedule at the municipality as his reason for not attending the events.
Last year, he missed the Fifa elective congress, where former president Sepp Blatter was re-elected.
Earlier this year, he missed the Fifa Ballon d’Or awards in Zurich.
In February, he was absent from the special congress during which Infantino was elevated to the position of president of the world football governing body.
Safa was represented by Mumble and executive member Anastasia Tsichlas, who cast the vote on behalf of the association.
Jordaan had earlier attended the CAF Congress in Kigali, Rwanda, at the end of February.
His no-show at Fifa events has raised eyebrows, and the opposition DA is often on his case for not attending to football matters.
65th Fifa Congress
– Zurich (May 2015)
– Zurich (January 2016)
Fifa Ballon d’Or Fifa extraordinary congress
– Zurich (February 2016)
66th Fifa Congress
– Mexico City (May 2016) Gambia. Kickoff is at 7pm South African time.
The two countries played to a goalless draw in the opening encounter of the qualifiers in Durban last year.
Bafana played back-to-back draws against Cameroon in March.
They must garner the six points on offer and hope for a miracle to book a place at the finals in Gabon in January.
With two more rounds to play, Bafana currently lie third on the table with three points after four matches.
Cameroon top Group M with eight, followed by Mauritania on seven. Gambia are at the bottom with two.
Bafana host Mauritania in their last game of the qualifiers in September.
RECOVERING Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba spent a week in hospital