By Matabo Manala
The South African men’s football coach Ephraim “Shakes” Mashaba will know after the Nelson Mandela Challenge Cup if he will still coach the team, according to Soccer Laduma website.
With Bafana Bafana failing to defeat Mauritania at home on Friday evening, it was stated on the football website that Tuesday’s Nelson Mandela Challenge Cup could decide whether the coach stays or leaves as the coach of the South African national
failed to qualify for next year’s African Cup of Nations tournament happening out in Gabon, South Africans expected Bafana to prevail over the Mauritanian team at home and they wanted to gain revenge over them as they lost to them 3-1 in the Mauritanian’s home ground. Not only did they not win the last qualifier match of AFCON 2017 but they failed to capitalize on their missed scoring opportunities as well as beat the ten-men Mauritanian national team.
They not only failed to beat Mauritania but they failed to win any of their home games during the 2017 AFCON qualifiers where they only drew in the matches. In their group, they only won once away at The Gambia and beat them 4-0, lost away at Mauritania and drew away at Cameroon.
South African Football Association (SAFA) President Danny Jordaan had given South Africans a hint that a new journey as the national team prepares for the 2018 FIFA World Cup African Qualifiers.
“This must be the end of the journey, not the beginning, because this cannot lead us into the 2018 campaign, where we will play the giants of the African continent,” stated SAFA President during the post-match interview on sport’s television SuperSport.
The South African national team will go up against Egypt in tomorrow night’s Nelson Mandela Challenge Cup happening at Orlando Stadium and after the match SAFA members will decide the fate of Shakes Mashaba.