Bafana coach in fir­ing line, Jor­daan hints

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BAFANA Bafana coach Ephraim “Shakes” Mashaba’s jour­ney as na­tional team coach will come to an end to­day – that is if SA Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (Safa) pres­i­dent Danny Jor­daan’s post-match in­ter­view is in­ter­preted cor­rectly.

Fol­low­ing the 1-1 draw against lowly-placed Mau­ri­ta­nia, Jor­daan ex­pressed his dis­plea­sure be­fore adding that “this must be the end of the jour­ney and not the be­gin­ning.” That was ei­ther in ref­er­ence to Mashaba’s ten­ure as na­tional coach or to the poor per­for­mance that has char­ac­terised Bafana’s Af­con 2017 qual­i­fy­ing jour­ney.

Bafana fin­ished a dis­ap­point­ing third – with just one win and four draws - in a group com­pris­ing Cameroon, Mau­ri­ta­nia and Gam­bia. On pa­per, Bafana should have qual­i­fied with ease. In fact, not just on pa­per but on the field as well, as they found Cameroon a pale shadow of their for­mer self. They had no busi­ness los­ing 3-1 to Mau­ri­ta­nia away or draw­ing against Gam­bia. They let Cameroon slip in Dur­ban for the In­domitable Lions were clearly against the ropes.

“This can­not lead us into the 2018 cam­paign where we will play the gi­ants of the African con­ti­nent. I hope that the Nel­son Man­dela Chal­lenge against Egypt will in­di­cate to us that we have a team, de­ter­mi­na­tion, the guts and the will to win. What we saw tonight is dis­ap­point­ing,” Jor­daan said.

Mean­while, Kaizer Chiefs are re­port­edly con­sid­er­ing the fu­ture of Steve Kom­phela fol­low­ing a record of just one win in his last 14 of­fi­cial matches in charge.

In ad­di­tion, the club have lost four of their last six matches in the league and cup, which in­cludes re­cent de­feats to Bid­vest Wits and Cape Town City.

While Chiefs re­cently backed Kom­phela in the media, it’s thought that the con­tin­u­ing streak of poor re­sults has led to dis­cus­sions tak­ing place at Na­turena over the coach’s fu­ture.

Glam­our Boys boss Kaizer Mo­taung re­cently ad­mit­ted his feel­ings on the club’s lack­lus­tre form, say­ing: “I un­der­stand where they (the fans) are com­ing from, but I prob­a­bly feel worse than them.”

Soc­cer Lad­uma re­port that Chiefs have dis­cussed po­ten­tial re­place­ments for Kom­phela as they plan for the pos­si­bil­ity of no im­prove­ment in the qual­ity of per­for­mances and re­sults.

The pub­li­ca­tion says that talks are to be or­gan­ised with the 49-year-old with a view to dis­cussing the way for­ward for the club as a whole.

Kom­phela, who has been at Chiefs since the start of the 2015/16 cam­paign af­ter tak­ing over from Stu­art Bax­ter, has yet to win a tro­phy at Na­turena.

He did come close by reach­ing two cup fi­nals last sea­son, but Chiefs lost both en­coun­ters. Nonethe­less, Amakhosi’s coach could face a vote of no con­fi­dence if things don’t im­prove in the near fu­ture.— Su­per­sport.

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