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Mashaba takes over Swaziland

By Mark Gleeson
BBC Sport, Cape Town

Swaziland coach Ephraim 'Shakes' Mashaba
Ephraim 'Shakes' Mashaba is the new coach of Swaziland

Former South Africa coach Ephraim 'Shakes' Mashaba is to cross the border and take charge of Swaziland ahead of their 2010 World Cup qualifiers.

The 57-year-old Mashaba replaces Raoul Savoy, who was sacked last Friday after a run-in with the leadership of the National Football Association of Swaziland (NFAS).

The NFAS president Adam Mthethwa moved swiftly to replace the Swiss coach with Mashaba, whose last job was team manager at South African club Orlando Pirates.

Mashaba has coached South Africa on three separate occasions, twice as a caretaker coach for a single game and then as a full-time appointment in August 2002.

He helped South Africa to win the southern regional tournament the Cosafa Cup.

He was then fired on the eve of the 2004 Africa Cup of Nations finals in Tunisia when he dropped key players and chose an inexperienced squad for the tournament.

Since then Mashaba has had brief spell as coach of Black Leopards in the South African premier league and for the last season was team manager at Pirates, organising the side's logistics and providing morale support to coach Owen da Gama.

He will remain on Pirates books while Swazi coach and take charge of his first game on Friday when Swaziland play Lesotho in a warm-up friendly.

Swaziland's first 2010 World Cup qualifier is at home to Togo on 8 June.

The other side in the three-team Group 11 alongside Zambia.

see also
'Shakes' lands new role
18 Feb 04 |  African
Mashaba bows down
21 Jan 04 |  African
South Africa sack Mashaba
15 Jan 04 |  African
Mashaba returns to court
14 Jan 04 |  African
Mashaba suspended
07 Jan 04 |  African
2010 World Cup Qualifiers
27 Mar 08 |  African

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