SHAKES SHAKEN

Coach s ’ house bur­gled

Sunday World - - News - LOUIS MAZIBUKO and NGWAKO MALATJI

NATIONAL un­der-23 coach Shakes Mashaba was al­most forced to cut short his trip in Morocco af­ter crim­i­nals broke into his Rood­e­poort house and cleaned him out on Fri­day night.

If I was in places like Dur­ban back “home I would have taken the first avail­able flight home,” he said.

This re­ally af­fected me, but there is “noth­ing I can do be­cause I am 15 hours away from home and I had to try and fo­cus on the job at hand. It s frus­trat­ing to

’ be where I am be­cause I keep think­ing about the state of my fam­ily.”

Re­lat­ing the mat­ter to Sun­day World, Mashaba says that a bunch of thugs broke into his house at about 7pm af­ter his wife had rushed to the lo­cal hos­pi­tal to visit their daugh­ter who was in labour.

He said his wife phoned him af­ter ar­riv­ing in hos­pi­tal that their daugh­ter had given birth to a bounc­ing baby.

But their cel­e­bra­tion was short-lived when they later dis­cov­ered that their house was bro­ken into. My wife told me she be­came sus“pi­cious when she no­ticed that the door was open at that time of the night and she feared for the worst when she saw that the light was on in one of the bed­rooms.

I ad­vised them not to go in­side the “house and I im­me­di­ately called the armed re­ac­tion se­cu­rity com­pany. The se­cu­rity com­pany says the thieves broke the slid­ing door to force their way into the house. They took two plasma TV sets from one of the rooms and in the lounge room.

It ap­peared as if they had all the time “in the world be­cause they also broke the slid­ing door to my main bed­room and took my com­puter which has valu­able in­for­ma­tion and other things that are re­lated to foot­ball.

I am re­lieved that no one was in­jured. “I dread to think what could have hap­pened had they found my fam­ily in the house. My son re­ported the mat­ter to the Rood­e­poort po­lice sta­tion.”

Mashaba said he was do­ing his best to fo­cus on his team s open­ing Olympic qual

’ ifier match against Ivory Coast tonight (See page 46). Safa s di­rec­tor of national teams, Ace

’ Kika, said: It s an un­for­tu­nate sit­u­a­tion.

“’ Hope­fully there was not much dam­age done to his house. We hope that he will gain strength and his fam­ily.”

malatjin@sun­day­world.co.za lo­maz@sun­day­world.co.za

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TROU­BLE AT HOME: Shakes Mashaba. Pic­ture by An­to­nio Muchave

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