Tshepo Ntsoelengoe
Football Writer
2 minute read
14 Aug 2017
10:26 am

Mashaba keen to return to Bafana one day

Tshepo Ntsoelengoe

Former Bafana Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba is looking to go back to the national team one day.

Former Bafana Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba. Pic: Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images.

Memories of Shakes Mashaba’s last match as Bafana Bafana coach still linger in his mind after he was sacked for his outburst at the South African Football Association during a live post-match interview following the team’s 2-1 victory over Senegal in a World Cup qualifying match in November last year.

Mashaba went on to fight Safa in court for sacking him, but later the two parties agreed to settle.

However, Mashaba insists that his sacking was not based on the events that prevailed after the match, but said it is rather something based on stuff that happened the night before which he refused to divulge.

READ: Mashaba and Safa find peace at last

The 63-year-old mentor surprisingly told the Saturday Citizen that he is looking to go back to Bafana one day.

“I don’t doubt it, my record allows me to go back to Bafana Bafana,” said Mashaba.

“It was just off-the-pitch incidents that happened. I don’t think it is something that happened on match day, it is something I don’t know about, I would be happy if someone came and told me what happened.”

Mashaba said he is monitoring what is happening at Bafana.

“I am like a vulture, there is noise going on but it just keeps quiet and it knows when to pounce,” he said.

Asked whether there have been any interest in his services after losing his Bafana job, Mashaba could not give a straight answer but said he was available to coach any team. He also revealed that there was something in the pipeline.

“I wouldn’t say yes or no. I don’t want to comment about anything at the moment because if I say nobody contacted me you will say I am lying. And if I say someone contacted me you will ask who it is. It’s just that things are still in discussions and I want us to respect that,” he added.

“I am available now that I am over my problems. I am looking at going forward and if anybody needs my services I am available.”

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