Ephraim ‘Shakes’ Mashaba was named coach of South Africa today, July 26th, in succession to sacked Gordon Igesund.
Though the National Youth Coach Mashaba, 63, was actually not present at the announcement in Soweto as he is in Mali with the under-20 squad.
“I am thrilled to be given this opportunity and will not disappoint the people of South Africa,” he replied when informed by telephone of his appointment.
South African Football Association (SAFA) president Danny Jordaan urged the public and media to be patient during a media conference.
“We ask for patience from the public and media — let us watch ‘Shakes’ grow into this job.
“His appointment was a unanimous decision by the national executive committee.