Shakes is da shiznit fo sho
SAFA has made some football sense in acquiring the services of a suitable candidate to lead our football out of the doldrums.
It goes without saying that the decision taken at Nasrec, Safa’s headquarters, was a hard one and was influenced by several factors, including Shakes Mashaba’s impeccable record with the senior and junior national teams.
Another reason is the financial considerations, after Iran had offered far more than what we could afford for the services of the notso impressive Carlos Queiroz, who had been the favourite to take over from Gordon Igesund.
Modern football trends dictate that many progressive football-playing nations – Germany, Brazil, Netherlands, Spain and Nigeria – now prefer former local players and home-grown coaches to guide their fortunes.
These appointments are based on the simple fact that local coaches have a far better understanding of local players, leagues and dynamics compared to foreigners.
For instance, had Safa opted for a foreign coach, that individual would have had to settle down first.
Then it would have taken him a few months to do thorough research into how our teams play and what our strengths and weaknesses are as a football-playing nation.
Only after all that would he have started to get any positive results.
Mashaba ’ s record speaks volumes.