Axed former coach, Ephraim “Shakes” Mashaba has finally come to a settlement agreement with the South African Football association at the CCMA to end a long-running arbitration.
Last month‚ the two parties attempted to arrive at a settlement, however, they could not come to an agreement‚ with SAFA reportedly offering a R1.5 million pay-out while Mashaba demanded at least R2 million. Due to the confidentiality clause, the settlement amount is not disclosed, but is believed to be in the region of R2.5 million.
The agreement, reached on Friday morning, was concluded after lengthy consultations between Safa chief executive Dennis Mumble and the organisation’s lawyer‚ Mark Thompson, along with Mashaba and his legal representative Claudio Bollo. Joburg Post spoke to Bollo to get Mashaba’s feeling on the settlement.
“Mashaba is relieved that the matter was finally settled amicably and fairly towards him. He can now move on with his life and look forward”
On whether Mashaba will still be involved in football in the country, Bollo stated that ex-Bafana coach has no intention of leaving the South African soccer fraternity.
“Football is his life, he’ll always be involved in football in one way or another, and he’ll be looking at potential opportunities going forward to happily contribute to South African football further.” Said Bollo.
Mashaba expressed frustration in an on-TV outburst at SAFA officials and the media following Bafana’s 2-1 win over Senegal in a World Cup qualifier at Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane in November‚ leading to his suspension and subsequent dismissal.