JURY OUT ON #SHAKESMUSTFALL
t is said that only two things in life are certain: death and taxes. In South Africa, add a third: that the football loving public will fall in and out of love with the national team coach and he will transform from hero to villain. The latest chapter in this tearful saga is that of current Bafana Bafana coach Ephrahim Shakes Mashaba. Once the darling of the media when he qualified Bafana – unbeaten – for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, winning the coach of the year at the 2014 SA Sports Awards, Bra Shakes has now taken on a much more adversarial stance towards the media.
Because the Bafana that eliminated the mighty Super Eagles of Nigeria from the 2015 AFCON qualifiers with a 2 all draw in Uyo has unravelled and is now all but dead and buried in their hopes of qualifying for Gabon 2017, Mashaba has taken to lashing out at journalists for asking reasonable questions about his team selection and job security. It’s not a new thing either. Last year he insulted then Times Media Football Journalist Mazola Molefe in a press conference calling him a “small boy” and in the latest instalment he lashed out at an Ukhozi journalist for asking him about his job security after Tuesday night’s 0-0 draw against Cameroon. The Bafana coaching job it seems, is along with death and taxes, certain to bring out the worst in even Mandela himself.
Is Bra Shakes losing touch with reality? Surely a national team coach should understand that any football journalist worth his salt will ask about a national team coach’s job security when he lies on the verge of failing to lead his team to AFCON qualification? And if the answer to any of these questions is yes, then the only question to ask is: Is Bra Shakes still fit to lead Bafana Bafana? Kaya Sport hit the streets, social media, the phone lines and every other form of media to ask the nation about who should lead the national team.