Ephraim Mashaba used to be a South African footballer before retiring and taking up a career in coaching. The now sacked South African national team head coach has formerly managed the Swaziland national side, and club sides Vaal Reef Stars and Black Leopards.
The head coach, who led the South African national team to a crucial World Cup qualifying victory over Senegal last month, has now been sacked after a disciplinary committee found him guilty of several offenses.
Ephraim Mashaba began to be investigated after he made a public outburst aimed at the association president Danny Jordaan and guests directly following the 2-1 victory over Senegal on 12 November.
It would not be the first altercation that Ephraim Mashaba had with the South African Football Association (SAFA) officials during four stints in charge of the side, but the outburst proved to be especially fatal.
Mashaba was said to be unhappy with the group for what he perceived as a lack of support from his superiors. He had been found guilty of insubordination and violating communication policies. A statement from SAFA read;
“Due to the seriousness of [his] actions, we had to release our head coach with immediate effect.
“We shall immediately institute a search for a new head coach familiar with African football competition, who will be expected to continue the quest to qualify for the world’s apex football competition.”
Whoever will replace Ephraim Mashaba will be expected to continue with the team’s aspirations to qualify for the World Cup. As SAFA chief executive Dennis Mumble said in a statement, “It is regrettable that we had to face the events of the past month at a time when the National Team is experiencing a resurgence in its quest to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup”.
South Africa failed to qualify for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations finals to hold in Gabon next month, but is currently second in their qualification pool for the FIFA World Cup. They are behind Burkina Faso on goal-difference, having recorded four points from their opening two games and only the top team in each pool will advance to the 2018 tournament in Russia.
SAFA appealed to fans to continue to support Bafana Bafana despite Ephraim Mashaba’s sack.