South Africa’s national team boss Shakes Mashaba has come under fire recently for his failure to take the national team past the group stages at the recent African cup of nations.
Since the country and the World Cup in 2010, there has been little progress made with regard to the national team. It was confirmed once again after a poor showing at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations. Despite being expected to at least reach the quarter-finals for beyond, South Africa did not even get past the group stages after falling to Equatorial Guinea.
Since the appointment of Ephraim Mashaba as the coach of the South African national football team, his return to the team in his 2nd time in charge of the national side has given the team in South Africa a new breath of life as they have claimed victories over: Sudan, Congo, Zambia as well as managing to knock out Nigeria from the Africa Cup of Nations.
When Yaya Toure was suspended for three matches for the way he had behaved in the CSKA game, it was supposed to be a disaster for City.
For a team which was already struggling quite a lot, to lose one of the most experienced players, it was certainly some blow. But, it has actually proved to be blessing in disguise.
Now, if the City fans sit and look back at that, they would think it was not such a bad thing to happen to the team at that point of time.
The captain of the South African national football team Senzo Meyiwa was shot dead a few days ago on October 26 according to police reports, the even occurred at a friend’s house during an attempted robbery.
Senzo Meyiwa was featured in the latest African Cup of Nations qualifying matches of South Africa and was the goalkeeper for Orlando Pirates.
The South African Football Association (SAFA) officially announced and confirmed a new deal involving broadcasting rights with Siyaya TV that will allow the football governing body of Siyaya TV to transmit South African national team matches. The deal is reported to be worth $93.6 million.
This deal will allow Siyaya TV to have the exclusive rights for them to broadcast all of the matches of the South African team.
The manager of the South Africa national football team, Gordon Igesund, has been sacked from his post. The Association in South Africa made that announcement yesterday evening.
Igesund was given the charge of the South African team a couple of years back i.e. in June 2012. He was expected to guide the team to the Round of 4 in the 2013 Africa Cup and also to the 2014 World Cup finals, but, he couldn’t do either of that.
South Africa suffered a major setback in their hopes of qualifying for the next World Cup after they were beaten 5-0 by World Cup 2014 hopefuls Brazil. The national team has been steadily improving over the last five years, but this is a major setback for the team. It has also put to the future of manager Gordon Igesund in major doubt. Even before the match, it was heavily speculated that Igesund would be leaving the South African national team.
Former South African player Isaac 'Shakes' Kungwane has said that he is sure that manager Gordon Igesund is about to lose his job due to the impatient nature of the national football Association. South Africa are known to part with their coaches very soon if results do not improve.
South Africa were recently unable to progress into the latter stages of the African Nations championship, which is a tournament held for the locally-based players. South Africa were expected to dominate in this tournament after the recent World Cup 2014 gave them a lot of confidence.
South Africa's national team manager Gordon Igesund has said that he is confident that his team will be able to get past Nigeria when the two sides meet each other in the African nations championship.
This tournament, which is held only for the local players, is a prestigious tournament in Africa. South Africa will head into this match leading the table with four points. However, their lead is mainly due to the better goal difference and they would want to take a win from this match in order to retain this spot in the table.
South Africa managed one of the most famous victories in their history after achieving a 1-0 win over current world champions Spain. Spain were playing in the same stadium that saw them lift the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
However, they were not able to achieve success this time around after South Africa were quite impressive in the 1-0 win. This result was a feather in the cap for South Africa manager Gordon Igesund, who lavished praise on his team after this impressive win.