While naming somebody “sports personality of the year” is often little more than a Noddy Badge, once in a while, personalities truly enchant – and dig deep into the hearts and minds of those in their surroundings. Shakes Mashaba has had one heck of a year and deserves to be lauded.
Recognising that somebody has or is a “sport personality” is, in most cases, a bit like making somebody class captain at school. It is, for all intents and purposes, simply a Noddy Badge of approval.
Sometimes, though, personalities are so endearing and powerful that you cannot help but be enchanted. That enchantment influences those they are in charge of and becomes visible in the tangible difference it makes on the field. The influence of Shakes Mashaba’s personality has been a godsend for South African football this year.
At age group level, he led the South African Under-20 side to qualification for the CAF Youth Championships to be held in Senegal next year, before taking over as senior men’s coach a few months later. From there, he turned a lacklustre Bafana Bafana into a team that looks well drilled and has a vision and purpose.
Source : Daily Maverick