Cape Town - Bafana Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba refused to do his pre-match conference in English and opted to do it in IsiZulu.
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According to City Press, Mashaba did a like-for-like treatment as South African journalists were mistreated during Algeria’s press conference after the conference was done in French and Arabic.
“This is the Africa Cup of Nations and I speak the language I understand,” Mashaba said.
Reports suggest that proceedings got out of hand after other journalists complained but the Bafana coach continued to do his press conference in his mother language.
The incident sparked quite an uproar on social media as South Africans all over the country and journalists backed Mashaba for his bravery.
Here are Tweets from the public and media following Mashaba's actions:
Strange reactions from Citizen Newspaper journalist.
Cape Times writer was well behind Mashaba's antics.
The public loved that Shakes stood up for his fellow countrymen.