Shakes ‘in­sulted Safa of­fi­cials’

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SOUTH Africa coach Ephraim Mashaba has been sus­pended by the coun­try’s foot­ball as­so­ci­a­tion after he was in­volved in an al­ter­ca­tion with of­fi­cials fol­low­ing the World Cup qual­i­fy­ing vic­tory over Sene­gal at the weekend.

Mashaba will miss to­day’s friendly in Mozam­bique and faces a dis­ci­plinary hear­ing over al­le­ga­tions of rude be­hav­iour to­wards South African Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (Safa) pres­i­dent Danny Jor­daan and his guests, who went to con­grat­u­late the team in the chang­ing room after Satur­day’s 2-1 win in Polok­wane.

“Safa has deemed it nec­es­sary to em­ploy dis­ci­plinary mea­sures after a re­gret­table in­ci­dent at Peter Mok­aba Sta­dium on Satur­day,” Safa said in a state­ment, adding that as­sis­tant coach Owen da Gama would lead the side against Mozam­bique in Ma­puto.

“As is our cus­tom in mat­ters such as these, the as­so­ci­a­tion will not be mak­ing any fur­ther com­ments on this mat­ter out of re­spect for the dig­nity of the head coach and the as­so­ci­a­tion and the legally priv­i­leged na­ture of such pro­ceed­ings.”

A Safa of­fi­cial told Reuters yes­ter­day: “Mashaba does not know how to be grace­ful in vic­tory.”

Jor­daan had warned Mashaba last month that the coach would lose his job should the side fail to qual­ify for the 2018 World Cup after South Africa were un­able to se­cure a berth at next year’s Africa Cup of Na­tions fi­nals.

South Africa held on for a con­tro­ver­sial 2-1 home win over group D favourites Sene­gal on Satur­day, with Mashaba telling re­porters the vic­tory felt “like a sec­ond lease of life. I was dead al­ready”.

The 66-year-old has a his­tory of prob­lems with of­fi­cial­dom and the me­dia, in­clud­ing to­wards the end of his pre­vi­ous stint in charge of the national side from 2002-04 when he was sus­pended from the post for a friendly against England.

Then, Mashaba re­fused to select for­eign-based play­ers such as Quin­ton For­tune and Benni Mc­Carthy for the match in Dur­ban be­cause he felt they did not give him enough re­spect.

Satur­day’s win lifted South Africa into a share of top spot in their World Cup qual­i­fy­ing group on four points from their open­ing two matches.— Su­pers­port.

Mem­phis De­pay

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