Safa dares Mashaba to bring it on

Foot­ball body not in­tim­i­dated by CCMA hear­ing for­mer coach ini­ti­ated

CityPress - - Sport - TI­MOTHY MOLOBI ti­mothy@city­press.co.za

Bring it on! This is the dare from Safa to be­lea­guered for­mer Bafana Bafana coach Ephraim “Shakes” Mashaba ahead of Tues­day’s hear­ing at the Com­mis­sion for Con­cil­i­a­tion, Me­di­a­tion and Ar­bi­tra­tion (CCMA) hear­ing.

Mashaba is claim­ing un­fair dis­missal after be­ing shown the door in De­cem­ber.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Den­nis Mum­ble told City Press on Fri­day that they were ready to de­fend their decision and prove they were right.

Mum­ble dis­missed Mashaba’s ef­forts as a waste of time.

How­ever, Mashaba’s le­gal rep­re­sen­ta­tive, Clau­dio Bollo, said they were con­fi­dent the con­cil­i­a­tion process would work in their favour.

“We are hop­ing for an am­i­ca­ble solution from this process and we will take it from there,” said Bollo.

He said they had al­ready ap­proached the labour court to in­ter­dict Safa from con­tin­u­ing with a search for Mashaba’s re­place­ment un­til the CCMA has ruled on the mat­ter.

“The case has been set for Fe­bru­ary 14 and we hope it will be a good Valen­tine’s Day for us, but what hap­pens on Tues­day will de­ter­mine if we go ahead with the case or not.”

How­ever, Mum­ble said that Safa was pro­ceed­ing with the search for Mashaba’s re­place­ment.

He re­vealed that Safa had re­ceived many un­so­licited CVs.

“It’s only this week that I have had a chance to go through some of the CVs and I’m im­pressed by the cal­i­bre of coaches who have shown in­ter­est in the job.”

For­mer Cameroon, Thai­land and Ja­maica coach Win­fried Schäfer and Johnny McKinstry, who had a stint with the Rwanda na­tional team and Sierra Leone, have also thrown their names into the hat.

Oth­ers who have been linked to the job in­clude Car­los Queiroz, Hervé Re­nard, Mi­lutin Sre­do­je­vić and Gavin Hunt.

But Mum­ble said they had not yet started the process of sift­ing through the list.

He said he would brief the na­tional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee (NEC) mem­bers on Satur­day on the way for­ward.

“We first need to take our pro­posal of the cri­te­ria and man­date to the NEC so they rat­ify them as we don’t want a sit­u­a­tion whereby they are in the dark. I’m wait­ing for the pres­i­dent [Danny Jor­daan] to come back from Gabon so we can get the ball rolling.”

He said Safa’s tech­ni­cal com­mit­tee had de­cided to tighten the man­date and cri­te­ria of the new coach.

“First, he must qual­ify for the next Afcon and also bring a medal. Se­condly, in his first year the team must move up the Fifa rank­ing. Thirdly, he must qual­ify for the 2018 World Cup and reach the knock­out stages.

“Lastly, he must win the Cosafa Cup be­cause we are tak­ing this tour­na­ment se­ri­ously and don’t want to treat it as a sideshow.”

Mum­ble said they would eval­u­ate each man­date after ev­ery stage, adding they would ask the ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee to give them di­rec­tion re­grad­ing the ap­point­ment of the Banyana Banyana coach.

The team has been with­out a men­tor since the de­par­ture of Vera Pauw after the Rio Olympic Games in Au­gust. De­siree El­lis and Maud Khu­malo have been act­ing in the po­si­tion.

“Do we give the cur­rent team an­other chance to prove them­selves or do we search out­side?”

He said the man­date for the Banyana coach would be to qual­ify for the next Africa Cup of Na­tions in 2018 in Ghana and win a medal, qual­ify for the next World Cup and also reach the knock­out stages in France in 2019 and to also book a place at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

“We saw un­der Vera that it is pos­si­ble to go all the way in in­ter­na­tional tour­na­ments.”

PHOTO: SIFISO NKOSI

UN­COM­PRO­MIS­ING Safa CEO Den­nis Mum­ble will de­fend the body’s stance

PHOTO: SAMUEL SHIVAMBU / BACKPAGEPIX

SACKED Shakes Mashaba has taken Safa to the CCMA

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