Mashaba’s R2.5m golden hand­shake

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

For­mer Bafana Bafana coach Ephraim “Shakes” Mashaba has walked away with a R2.5 mil­lion golden hand­shake – which is equiv­a­lent to five months of his salary.

Mashaba had ini­tially re­fused this amount, but on Fri­day he and the SA Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (Safa) reached an am­i­ca­ble set­tle­ment to end their five-month dis­pute.

The mat­ter has been be­fore the Com­mis­sion for Con­cil­i­a­tion, Me­di­a­tion and Ar­bi­tra­tion (CCMA) since March. Mashaba was dis­missed as Bafana coach in De­cem­ber.

City Press has learnt that Mashaba wanted the same amount tax free, but Safa did not agree to those terms.

“There was no way he could have got­ten more be­cause Safa had a strong case against him. He is lucky to even get this amount,” a source within Safa told City Press.

This is not the first time Mashaba has re­ceived com­pen­sa­tion from Safa.

In 2004, the as­so­ci­a­tion parted with a cool R2.3 mil­lion in com­pen­sa­tion af­ter fir­ing him be­fore Bafana left for the 2004 African Cup of Na­tions (Af­con) in Tu­nisia.

He was re­hired in 2014 to re­place Gor­don Ige­sund.

Bafana were on top of their 2018 World Cup group when he was shown the door af­ter his touch­line rant af­ter Bafana’s 2-1 vic­tory over Sene­gal in Polok­wane in Novem­ber.

Mashaba ap­proached the CCMA in Fe­bru­ary af­ter he was fired for “gross mis­con­duct‚ in­sub­or­di­na­tion and vi­o­lat­ing Safa’s com­mu­ni­ca­tions pol­icy” at a dis­ci­plinary hear­ing held by the as­so­ci­a­tion.

Mashaba’s le­gal rep­re­sen­ta­tive Clau­dio Bolo said the coach was happy with the set­tle­ment and was now look­ing for­ward to other op­por­tu­ni­ties in foot­ball.

Safa spokesper­son Do­minic Chimhavi said the set­tle­ment was in the best in­ter­est of all par­ties in­volved.

PHOTO: LEON SADIKI

MOV­ING ON Ephraim ‘Shakes’ Mashaba

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