Cape Town - South
Africa 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 (AFCON) qualifying
campaign ended last Friday with a 1-1 home draw against minnows
Expected to contest first place in Group M with eventual winners
Cameroon, Bafana Bafana finished a humiliating third behind
Mauritania after winning just one of six qualifiers.
South Africa Football Association (SAFA) officials meet on Saturday to discuss
Mashaba with the opening round of the 2018 Soccer World Cup group phase in
Africa set for next month.
The 1996 Cup of Nations winners are in a mini-league with favourites
Senegal, Cape Verde and Burkina Faso and only the winners qualify for
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.