Sibongiseni Gumbi
Football Writer
3 minute read
15 Mar 2016
3:09 pm

Angry Shakes is clearly losing plot

Sibongiseni Gumbi

Shakes Mashaba should learn that nothing decent and worthwhile ever comes out of an angry mouth.

Ephraim Mashaba coach of South Africa during the Bafana squad announcement at SAFA House. (Pic Sydney Mahlangu/ BackpagePix)

This certainly applies to the Bafana mentor, who berated journalists, accusing them of misrepresenting him and, as he put it, “putting words in my mouth”.

He then went on to contradict himself as he tried to make himself feel superior at the expense of the journalists.

On Page 6 of Phakaaathi this week we look in-depth at Shakes’ team, with “Vision 2022” in mind. Is the team selected by Shakes last week in line with developing players so that we can have a credible team to represent us at the Fifa World Cup in Qatar? Read and decide for yourself.

Shakes – a long-time used-to-be-humble servant of the local game – has become synonymous with angry rants, which usually end with a picture of a man out of ideas being painted into a corner by newspaper, radio and TV reports. Perhaps the rants will ease up now that he is taking PR lessons from Kaizer Chiefs PRO Vina Maphosa, as he mentioned last week.

In his column, Helman Mkhalele touches on an issue that is easily dismissed but which may have disastrous effects on the growth of our football.

The Midnight Express writes about what is popularly termed “player power” in South African professional teams.

Dillon Sheppard is our guest this week in One-On-One and he talks frankly about why it doesn’t bother him much that he is not getting regular game time at Bidvest Wits. The much travelled Sheppard – who has played at no less than five teams locally – is one of the well behaved players in domestically.

Okay, we have all seen the jokes around what is happening to Kaizer Chiefs at the moment, but what happens when the dust has settled?

The calls for #SteveMustFall have been there for everyone to see almost all season. Under his guidance, the Phefeni Glamour Boys are on the verge of finishing the season without any silverware – in fact I am tempted to say they already have.

We look at Steve Komphela’s tenure as Amakhosi mentor and engage football analysts to find out if they think calls for his removal are valid.

The promotion race in the National First Division is stuff that’s designed to keep you on the edge of your seat. Baroka, who once enjoyed a sizeable lead, are now just two points ahead of Witbank Spurs who have come on in leaps and bounds in the last few weeks. In fact, for a short while last weekend, Baroka were in second position and only reclaimed their top spot after a slender 1-0 win at AmaZulu.

There is something that makes you feel all mushy inside reading about a young player who has made it through many difficulties to become a professional.

In our Young Player feature, we spoke to Pirates striker Sibusiso Mahlangu.

The 21-year-old is so close to living his dream he can taste it. Mahlangu was a part of Pirates’ MultiChoice Diski Challenge team and has been elevated to the senior team where he has to fight for a starting berth against the likes of Thamsanqa Gabuza, Tendai Ndoro and Lehlohonolo Majoro.

Before I sign off, allow me to tell you that the regular writer of this editorial, Phakaaathi editor Jonty Mark, is on leave and will be back soon. So his fans must not worry, I am just a temporary fill-in until he returns.