local soccer 19.6.2015 10:11 am

Pienaar backs under-fire Mashaba

FILE PICTURE: Shakes Mashaba. Picture: Lee Warren/Gallo Images.

FILE PICTURE: Shakes Mashaba. Picture: Lee Warren/Gallo Images.

Former Bafana Bafana captain Steven Pienaar has called on the media to get off national team coach Shakes Mashaba’s back and let him do his job.

Mashaba has come under some bit of pressure from the media following Bafana’s poor run in recent months that has seen the national team starting their 2017 Afcon qualifying campaign with a draw against lowly Gambia.

“I spent a few weeks under Shakes when he was coach back in 2003 and I really got on well with him. So I just wish him the best and hopefully he can prove all the doubters wrong,” said Pienaar.

“He is a coach with a lot of character and a lot of people misunderstand him. He is just trying to be himself and do a good job so if the media could get off his back a bit…”

Mashaba is also under fire for his Bafana team selection, but Pienaar leapt to his defence.

“The coach has a decision to make and if he thinks he is selecting the best team for a game, it is his head on the line,” he adds.

“I think people must just support him. If he loses, you can hang him. But every coach makes his own decisions and I think he is quite good at making his own decisions. If you are in Europe and the coach doesn’t select you, you must just keep working hard and you might get a call the next time.”

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