Shakes to know fate this week

CityPress - - Sport -

Bafana Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba should know his fate in the next seven days after a marathon dis­ci­plinary hear­ing last week.

Mashaba’s case is ex­pected to be con­cluded after he takes the stand for the last time to­mor­row, a week after pro­ceed­ings be­gan.

The hear­ing had to be post­poned twice, but it fi­nally went ahead last Mon­day.

City Press has learnt that the SA Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (Safa) had called on four wit­nesses to tes­tify against the be­lea­guered coach.

They in­cluded mem­bers of the me­dia depart­ment and two high-rank­ing Safa of­fi­cials.

Ac­cord­ing to a Safa in­sider, to­mor­row should be the last day of the hear­ing, after it was ad­journed on Fri­day.

How­ever, the of­fi­cial, who did not wish to be iden­ti­fied, said the as­so­ci­a­tion was push­ing for a tougher sen­tence and viewed his mis­con­duct in a se­ri­ous light.

“He is up against it and I don’t see him get­ting off scot-free. It has been a long time com­ing. He just played into their hands and now he must face the con­se­quences. But which­ever way it goes, I hope he learns his les­son,” said the in­sider.

Mashaba is fac­ing charges of gross mis­con­duct, in­sub­or­di­na­tion and bring­ing the as­so­ci­a­tion into dis­re­pute. This was after Mashaba went on a tirade, call­ing peo­ple names and ac­cus­ing the as­so­ci­a­tion’s lead­er­ship of not sup­port­ing him. He apol­o­gised for his re­marks, but was sus­pended with im­me­di­ate ef­fect and missed Bafana’s friendly game against Mozam­bique.

Last week, City Press re­ported that the coach had pro­posed a set­tle­ment, which was not en­ter­tained as the as­so­ci­a­tion wanted to go ahead with the hear­ing.

The source de­scribed the hear­ing as a tough one, with wit­nesses be­ing grilled for hours.

“The as­so­ci­a­tion called four cred­i­ble peo­ple to the stand who were in Polok­wane and wit­nessed ev­ery­thing that hap­pened. They gave a good ac­count of what hap­pened as they had been close to the ac­tion.”

Mashaba’s mat­ter was not on the agenda of yes­ter­day’s an­nual Safa congress.

– Ti­mothy Molobi

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