The Congress of South African Trade Unions warmly congratulates Ephraim lsquoShakes’ Mashaba on his appointment by the South African Football Association to coach Bafana Bafana.
COSATU wishes him every success in confronting what is bound to be a huge challenge. We welcome the appointment of a local coach, who has years of experience at the highest level of the game.
We urge SAFA and the public to be patient and let Shakes do his job without any unfair pressure to perform miracles, as has too often been the case with previous coaches.
No coach, however talented and experienced, can instantly and single-handedly resolve all the deep structural problems in South African soccer. A country that does not train and develop its young players cannot be expected to produce world-class teams over-night.
COSATU backs the call by the Young Communist League for SAFA to focus on the grass-roots level development of the sport and for the re-introduction of primary and high school soccer tournaments, in order to unearth and nurture new talent.
Source : Congress of South African Trade Unions