New Coach For Bafana Bafana

Ephraim Mashaba was re-appointed as coach of South Africa’s national team on Saturday, the fourth time he has taken the helm of Bafana Bafana.

Mashaba, more commonly known as ‘Shakes’, has had two previous caretaker spells with the senior team, and was the permanent coach between August 2002 and November 2003.

His most recent role was being in charge of the national Under-20 side, and is currently in Mali on a west African tour with the team.

The South African Football Association (Safa) opted for a local coach having looked at a number of other options.

Carlos Queiroz, who led Iran at the World Cup in Brazil, and Stephen Keshi of Nigeria were both linked to the post.

The Dutch duo, Frank Rijkaard and Dick Advocaat were also in the running.

In accepting the position, 63-year-old Mashaba said he was relishing the challenge.

“This is a massive but exciting test. I am elated and ready for the challenge,” Mashaba told Safa’s website.

“I will do all my best to bring back the winning mentality within Bafana Bafana. With the support of all South Africans, the goal of taking Bafana Bafana back to the top is very achievable.

u   French coach Philippe Troussier made a winning return to African football after a six-year absence, when he led CS Sfaxien to a 1-0 win over fellow Tunisians, Esperance, in their African Champions League Group B match.

Midfielder Mohamed Moncer scored the only goal on 77 minutes from long range, to keep alive Sfaxien’s semi-final hopes.

They are now one point behind group leaders Entente Setif who beat Al Ahly-Benghazi on Friday.

The result from Sfax will be even sweeter for Troussier, as it came against Sfaxien’s great rivals. — BBC

Troussier succeeds out-of-contract Hammadi Daou, who spent a short time in charge when Dutch coach Ruud Krol moved to Esperance.

Since quitting as Morocco coach in 2008 just weeks after taking over, the ‘White Witchdoctor’ has worked with Japanese and Chinese clubs.

But the desire to be close to his Rabat-based family led 59-year-old Troussier to sign a two-year contract with the four-time Confederation of African Football title winners.

Algerians Entente Setif moved closer to a first African Champions League semi-finals appearance by defeating Libyans Al-Ahly Benghazi 2-0 on Friday.-BBC

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