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South Africa Soccer Coach Shakes Mashaba Fired After Rant at Critics


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Shakes Mashaba

The coach of South Africa’s national team has been fired following a disciplinary hearing into his comments after a World Cup qualifier last month.

Shakes Mashaba was suspended after a television camera caught him ranting at his critics, while reports claimed he also insulted the head of the country’s soccer federation after a 2-1 win against Senegal on Nov. 12.

At a hearing that took place over five days this month, Mashaba was found guilty of three charges – gross misconduct/professional misconduct, gross insubordination/professional misconduct, and violation of the federation’s communications policy – and was released with immediate effect on Thursday.

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Dennis Mumble, chief executive of the South African Football Association, says ”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.”

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