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Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

The Football Association of Swaziland's executive board has shown it's confidence in Shakes Mashaba as coach of Isihlangu.

This is despite the fact the rejuvenated Swazi senoir national team failed to qualify for the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations finals in Angola.

It was the first time Swaziland, who recruited Mashaba just before starting with the qualifiers, came so close to qualifying for the biennial soccer spectacle.

Mashaba is held in high esteem in Swaziland after helping to turn Isihlangu's fortunes around.

Swaziland's hopes of qualifying went up in smoke after they suffered an embarrassing 6-0 defeat to the Emmanuel Adebayor-led Togo in Ghana two weeks ago.

The southern Africans needed a win to finish on top of the group.

"You will recall that when Shakes came to Swaziland, we were about to start with the qualifying rounds," explained the Swazi FA president Adam "Bomber" Mthethwa.

"We offered him a two-year contract which will expire in 2010. There was never a mandate for him to qualify for a tournament.

"The plan was to allow him to lay a solid foundation for us. We are still confident that Shakes is the right man for us despite failing to qualifying.

"Shakes is going nowhere, the man is continuing with the great job that he started in June. What happened in Ghana with the qualifiers is history."

Mthethwa said Mashaba will be putting together a team with the target being the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Mashaba could not be reached for comment.


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