Soccer is a BIG thing for South Africa, a single game can determine whether the nation stands together or is split right in the middle, and ofcourse any news regarding the team would see a lot of speculation from critics but more so from the fans, which would be the entire country. So on the 24th July when SAFA President, Danny Jordaan announced Ephraim "Shakes" Mashaba as head coach of the South African National football team, Bafana Bafana, what did the nation think of the decision? In 2002 Shakes was appointed coach of the national team and the position lasted almost 2 years when he was then removed from the post in January of 2004.
In the past 10 years since Shakes left, Bafana bafana has gone through more than a few coaches, some successful and some not, but even so, the team itself has not been very successful. Besides being the South African coach a little over 10 years ago, Shakes also has behind him a career as a soccer player and 4 years after leaving Bafana bafana he was appointed as the coach of the Swaziland national team, and for a short time before that he coached Black Leopards.
In 2010 after disappearing from the soccer scene for a little while, he was assigned to coaching the two junior national teams. So clearly an experienced selection and more affordable pick than most international coaches that have been previously appointed for the job, will Shakes make the much needed difference in our National team, will we see him make yet another shocking exit like that in 2004?
By : Cupcake / @gusquared