Thank you Ephraim Shakes Mashaba.

Thank you Ephraim Shakes Mashaba.

Here is to the most successful Bafana Bafana coach in history.  Thank you Ephraim Shakes Mashaba.

People say he was loosing it when he started fighting with the media. Just remember, every South African coach in charge of the senior national team has had a fight with the media. You can go all the way back to Screamer Tshabalala, he assaulted a journalist.

Mashaba was never treated with the respect he deserves. Even when he was appointed – people called him “the cheapest coach”. Do you remember SAFA reacting or defending their appointment?

When journalists got into press conferences asking, “where are we on Vision 22?” Can you honestly say SAFA supported that strategy with an efficient PR startegy?

When the chairman of SAFA went on national radio expressing opinions on team selection. Can we say that he was supported by SAFA?

These are the questions I ask myself.

For people who are shocked by Mashaba’s reaction after the Senegal. Let me ask you this. Shakes Mashaba is probably the longest serving members of staff at SAFA. But when a man who has worked for you so long feels that adressing his misgivings via the internal communications policy is a fruitless exercise – as SAFA shouldn’t you be worried that the policies are not working?

These are the questions I ask myself.

We might say that the media is against SA football. But Journalists reflect the society we live in. If you consider that South African coaches are referred to by name Pitso, Steve, Gordon, Jomo … but when he foreign he is referenced by name a surname. Carlos Alberto Parreira, Stuart Baxter, Joel Santana … why?

These are the questions I ask myself.

Why is it that when a foreign coach is appointed there is a joint liaison committee created my the executive to manage access to players. But when he is South African, the coach find himself flying here and there, drinking cups of coffee to negotiate access to player. Why is player access even an issue?

These are the things I ask myself.

Why is it that Jomo Sono was honoured by universities in London and Dubai? Why is it that Kaizer Motaung was given his honorary doctoral degree by a Technicon? Did Universities not recognize the work these people have done in SA?

That alone should tell how little respect we have for ourselves.  If you still have no appreciation for Ephraim Shakes Mashaba’s work – watch us for the next 15 years.

I will leave that here.

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