Coach s ’ house burgled
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.”
TROUBLE AT HOME: Shakes Mashaba. Picture by Antonio Muchave