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SAFA raises red flag with Shakes

2015-05-07 13:54
Shakes Mashaba and Owen da Gama (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Shakes Mashaba's participation in the Nedbank Cup as the Ke Yona team coach has raised some concern for his bosses at the South African Football Association.

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Mashaba and his Bafana Bafana assistant Owen da Gama are involved in the initiative that sees them scour the country for young talented players who they then prepare for matches against the eventual winners of the Nedbank Cup.

A number of players from the Ke Yona team have gone on to be sign contract with PSL sides, and while SAFA media head Dominic Chimhavi said he did not want to express SAFA's view on the matter yet, but there were indeed some reservations over the matter.

"All I can say is SAFA does believe there might be an issue with this, and they are dealing with it," Chimhavi told The Sowetan.

According to the paper, the first of the two points of contention is that there are questions around whether a current senior national coach, who is already drawing a hefty salary from the national football governing body, should also be receiving further payment from the Ke Yona initiative.

Secondly, it may also be a conflict of interest for Mashaba and Da Gama to be involved with a development initiative that is designed to bring in players to PSL sides.

These are teams from where the bulk of the Bafana and Under-23 players are normally selected.

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