South Africa head coach Ephraim ‘Shakes’ Mashaba suspended from his position with immediate effect

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In what the association called a “regrettable incident”, Mashaba publicly criticised South African Football Association (SAFA) president Danny Jordaan for allegedly not supporting him in his media conference following Saturday’s 2-1 win over Senegal in World Cup qualifying.

With Mashaba exiled, assistant boss Owen da Gama will be in charge of the friendly away to Mozambique on Tuesday. 

The South African Football Association (SAFA) confirmed the decision in an announcement on Sunday.

Mashaba has been in the job since July 2014 and has South Africa sitting second in their World Cup qualifying group, but they failed to make it to the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations and finished bottom in their group when they did qualify for the 2015 tournament.

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