Ephraim 'Shakes' Mashaba has been named coach of South Africa in succession to sacked Gordon Igesund. National youth coach Mashaba was not present at the announcement in Soweto as he is in Mali with the U-20 squad.
The 63-year-old former Orlando Pirates defender is a former caretaker coach and coach of Bafana Bafana. Mashaba was the unanimous choice of the national football association executive committee.
Hosts South Africa were eliminated in the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals after losing a penalty shootout against Mali. They also failed to qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup™ in Brazil, surprisingly finishing second behind lowest seeds Ethiopia in their qualifying group.