During the final weeks of 2016, Ephraim Mashaba was fired from his managerial position of the South African national football team.
This occurred after a disciplinary hearing and this decision was made due to the 66 year old South African manager had insulted the head of the country’s soccer federation.
According to rumors, it’s believed that Mashaba had been involved with an altercation with the chief executive of the South African Football Association Dennis Mumble and Mashaba had also insulted the media which also affected his credibility and was eventually fired.
“It is regrettable that we had to face the events of the past month at a time when the national team is experiencing a resurgence in its quest to qualify for the 2018 World Cup,” said Dennis Mumble, chief executive of the South African Football Association
That was the statement released by Dennis Mumble as he said that having to remove Ephraim Mashaba from his managerial position is a forgettable event to have done and especially after South Africa was going through such a positive period of time as they had overcame Senegal on November 12 in a match that was a 2018 World Cup qualification.
Even though South Africa recently lost their manager, the national team is doing a fairly good job in their quest of earning their ticket to the approaching 2018 FIFA World Cup as South Africa is currently positioned in the 2nd spot of group D with 4 points collected after 2 matches played.
The South African Football Association have been investing their time in the development of individual academies of the nation which appears to have brought forward positive results as more youngsters have been emerging and some of these are: Rivaldo Coetzee, Keagan Dolly, SibusisoVilakazi, Percy Tau and PhakamaniMahlambi.
MamelodiSundowns was named as the African Club of the year for 2016 and they became the 2nd South African club to have ever claimed this award and this proof of the progress that South Africa has been experiencing in recent times, which shows that there is indeed a bright future lying ahead of the African nation despite having lost their manager.