Win over Egypt may not save Shakes Mashaba

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BAFANA Bafana de­feated Egypt 1-0 on Tues­day in the Nel­son Man­dela Chal­lenge friendly match in Soweto, but the win may not save coach Ephraim ‘Shakes’ Mashaba from the axe.

There is strong me­dia spec­u­la­tion that Mashaba will be fired this week­end after a dis­as­trous 2017 Africa Cup of Na­tions qual­i­fy­ing cam­paign ended last Fri­day with a 1-1 home draw against min­nows Mau­ri­ta­nia.

Ex­pected to con­test first place in Group M with even­tual win­ners Cameroon, Bafana Bafana (The Boys) fin­ished a hu­mil­i­at­ing third be­hind Mau­ri­ta­nia after win­ning just one of six qual­i­fiers.

South Africa Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion of­fi­cials meet on Satur­day to dis­cuss Mashaba with the open­ing round of the 2018 World Cup group phase in Africa set for next month.

The 1996 Cup of Na­tions win­ners are in a minileague with favourites Sene­gal, Cape Verde and Burk­ina Faso and only the win­ners qual­ify for Rus­sia.

Mashaba re­fused to dis­cuss his fu­ture after the match and has pre­vi­ously re­sorted to bizarre be­hav­iour to si­lence what he be­lieves to be an un­fair me­dia cam­paign against him.

He brought his son, who is not a jour­nal­ist, to sev­eral me­dia con­fer­ences to ask ‘pos­i­tive’ ques­tions, and long ram­bling an­swers greatly re­duced the time avail­able to other re­porters.

The goal that won the Nel­son Man­dela Chal­lenge - an an­nual friendly match between South Africa and in­vited op­po­nents - came after seven min­utes when Mpho Makola headed in a Mandla Masango cross.

Mo­hamed Salah from Ital­ian club Roma came close to equal­is­ing sev­eral times dur­ing the sec­ond half.— AFP.

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