The South African Football Association (Safa) announced on Thursday that it had sacked coach Ephraim Mashaba due to ‘gross misconduct.’ Mashaba was also found guilty of breaching communication policies and insubordination.
“Due to the seriousness of his actions, we had to release our head coach with immediate effect,” a statement from Safa said.
Last month Mashaba was suspended after making powerful comments about Safa president Danny Jordaan. During that time South Africa was involved in a friendly match with Mozambique in which assistant coach Owen da Gama took charge.
There have also been accusations that Mashaba insulted the media and was involved in a verbal altercation with Safa chief executive Dennis Mumble.
The events followed South Africa’s 2-1 win over Senegal last month in a 2018 World Cup qualifier. The result left South Africa second in Group D where they remain tied on four points with Burkina Faso but behind on goal difference. Only the first place team in each group qualify for the finals in Russia.
Mumble finds it regrettable that Safa has to take such action at a time when the National Team is seeing success in the quest to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.
Despite their current form, South Africa will not be part of next months Africa Cup of Nations tournament as they failed to qualify earlier this year.
Safa has stated that it will immediately begin searching for a new head coach who is familiar with African football competition. They expressed that the new coach will be tasked with continuing the quest to qualify for the World Cup in 2018.