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SA SOCCER NEWS
Tenth Coach Steps Up In No Style 08/01/04
Ephraim 'Shakes' Mashaba has been 'suspended' by SAFA in what is becoming a routine merry-go-round of almost slapstick comedy for South African football.

Let's take a look at other's who have come and left under some strange sets of circumstances over the 12 years since re-admission to international football.

Former Amakhosi and now youth development coach at Kaizer Chiefs Jeff Butler was the first to be shown the door, and rightly so, after Safa discovered that he had falsified his CV.

Stanley 'Screamer' Tshabalala was next. He lasted a mere six games, winning only one, and, after slapping a news reporter, was sent packing, only to later be brought back into the fold as Bafana Bafanas administrative manager.

Mashaba then had his first taste of life in the hotseat, albeit in stand-in capacity, but, after winning his two games at the helm, made way for Peruvian-born Augusto Palacios.
 
Palacios failed to lead the team to the 1994 African Nations Cup finals and was waved goodbye, heralding the dawn of Bafana Bafanas Golden Age.

Njenje is now care-taker coach of Orlando Pirates.

Clive Barker took up the reins and promptly led the national team to what remains their finest hour - winning the 1996 African Nations Cup on home soil.

'The Dog' also saw his charges successfully qualify for the 1998 World Cup finals in France but was unceremoniously, and prematurely, dumped after the teams below-par performance at the 1997 Confederations Cup is Saudi Arabia.

Barker is now coaching a team in the National First Division.

In the aftermath of Barker's exit Jomo Sono, was called in for his first ambulance job and promptly led an inexperienced Bafana side to the silver medal at the 1998 African Cup in Burkina Faso.

Sono was soon back coaching at his club Cosmos with volatile Frenchman Phillipe Troussier at the helm for South Africas debut World Cup.

However, Troussiers military-style regimen soon got the backs up of many players and administrators, and after a first round exit in France, he was axed.

Famously, Troussier sent Brendan Augustine and Naughty Mokoena home in disgrace for breaking a curfew as well as having a physical altercation with a reporter.

The White Witchdoctor went on to coach Japan with considerable success and acclaim.

Trott Moloto picked up the pieces after Troussier left and took the team to the semi-finals of the AFCON Cup in 2000 where Bafana Bafana came unstuck against a powerful Nigerian side.

Moloto then went back to coaching Bush Bucks, presiding over the Imbabala side that was relegated last season.
 
Next up was former Sporting Lisbon and Portugal coach Carlos Queiroz, who was recruited at considerable expense based on his experience of developing his countrys Golden Generation which included Luis Figo, Fernando Couto and Manuel Rui Costa.

A true gentleman and fine scholar of the game, the knives were soon out for the articulate Queiroz following South Africas meek exit from the 2002 Nations Cup in Mali.

Despite leading the country to World Cup qualification in the same year, Queiroz was humiliated by Safa when they installed Jomo Sono as the national teams technical director who had final say over team selections.

Queiroz promptly resigned in an exceptionally dignified manner, going on to see egg smeared on the faces of the Safa suits by winning the English Premiership title as assistant coach at Manchester United before joining arguably the best team in world football, Real Madrid, as head coach at the beginning of the current season.

Sono was put in charge for the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea but again, on his insistence, that it only be in a stand-in capacity.

Bafana Bafana played some attractive soccer at the global showpiece, but Sono was shown to be tactically naïve as South Africa again failed to get past the first round.

Following this Mashaba was named coach of the national team, going from a once respected manager to a surly, sullen and bitter individual as he fought continuous battles with players and administrators alike.

All of which has led us to where SA soccer finds itself now, in total shambles, with no coach just over two weeks away from a major tournament!

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