Cape Town - Bafana Banfana head coach Ephraim 'Shakes' Mashaba’s job will be reviewed after the national team’s final Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifying match against Mauritania in early September, says South African Football Association (SAFA) president Danny Jordaan.
According to the Kickoff website, Jordaan told journalists that SAFA has to first take into account the final group match and review the team’s campaign throughout the tournament in order to see where the team is headed.
“What we have to do now is to wait for the final match and then there will be a review of the entire competition of AFCON and then we have to see what is the adjustment, in which areas must we change and strengthen,” Jordaan said.
“He [Mashaba] must first finish his match, I don’t think that you talk about another match while you are in this match,” he added.
Bafana Bafana have lost one, won one and drawn three of five AFCON qualifying games, which means that even with one Group M game outstanding, Bafana will still not qualify for the 2017 AFCON in Gabon.
Despite reports and players suggesting the sacking of Bafana head coach, SAFA have stood by the 65-year-old telling Sport24 in April that they had no intention of firing him and gave him “unqualified support”.
“He has a mandate to ensure that the team qualifies for Russia 2018. We are not in the culture of chopping and changing coaches." SAFA head of communications Dominic Chimhavi said.
Mashaba’s contract is set to expire after the 2018 World Cup in Russia that’s if South Africa can qualify for the tournament.