Johannesburg - Bafana Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba looks as if he will adhere to Pitso Mosimane’s plea to rest Mamelodi Sundowns players for Tuesday’s friendly against Ghana in Durban, but he is not happy with the way the request was made.
He said that he would not be dictated to by another coach and challenged Mosimane to talk to him man to man.
Mosimane had hoped the Sundowns players would not be featured in the friendly game – they have an important CAF Champions League final against Zamalek four days later.
The Brazilians have four players in the team: captain Hlompho Kekana, Keagan Dolly, Tebogo Langerman and Sibusiso Vilakazi. But the last is not registered for the competition.
Two months ago, Mashaba ignored Mosimane’s pleas and used Sundowns players in a friendly against Egypt.
A few days ago Mashaba hit back again, saying he was tired of being told what to do through the media.
“Let me be blunt and open on this one. I don’t normally respond to public utterances as I don’t want to stoop that low,” he said.
“Pitso is a coach, he knows I am a coach, and there is what we call coaching ethics.
“Ours is not to say, ‘Let’s go sit [and chat] over a cup of coffee’.
“Give me a call and say, ‘Coach, I have this kind of problem. How can we solve it now?’, instead of [telling] me that Pirates went and gave [Carlos] Parreira so and so.
“I am not Parreira, I am Ephraim, and I have been given a job to do.”
Mashaba said his door was open to all the coaches to discuss their players.
“I am insisting. Pitso knows the procedures. We are coaches. And the way he is doing it, it’s like we are enemies and I don’t like that kind of thing,” he said.
“But I would say as long as I am still coach, if any coach has something to say, let him talk to me and see how we move forward. We are human beings.”
He said the technical team would sit down after yesterday’s game to decide whether they would give the Sundowns trio a break.
“There is a time when we forget we are coaches and become father figures,” he said.
“If we feel a player is tired, we sit down and talk about it and take it from there.”
Mashaba wished Sundowns well on their African adventure, saying it was good for the country.
“I always say that a nation without history shall never be able to determine its future,” he said.
“If they go on to win that cup, not only Sundowns but Bafana will benefit.
“We want to say to Pitso and the club’s president, Patrice [Motsepe], we wish them the best of luck.
“We hope they win it.”