The South African Football Association (SAFA) has dismissed Shakes Mashaba as the head coach. Mashaba had been under suspension for misconduct following South Africa’s game against Senegal.

A statement by the association read:

‘Following the unfortunate incidents that occurred in Polokwane on Saturday, 12 November 2016, after the match between Bafana Bafana and Senegal, the South African Football Association (SAFA) placed Head Coach Ephraim Shakes Mashaba on suspension pending a disciplinary hearing.

‘The hearing took place over five days in December 2016 (5th – 7th, 9th, 12th) and was chaired by an independent legal expert who is an Advocate of the High Court.

‘Following extensive deliberations, the Chairman of the hearing concluded that the Coach was guilty of the three charges levelled against him:

‘1. Gross Misconduct/Professional Misconduct

‘2. Gross Insubordination/Professional Misconduct

‘3. Violation of the SAFA Communications Policy.’

‘The Association will urgently consult its internal structures for the purpose of finding a replacement as soon as possible.’

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