Augustine to get his marching orders

BELEAGUERED Banyana Banyana coach Augustine Makalakalane will be unemployed by the end of this week.

Sowetan can make this revelation following allegations that he solicited sexual favours from some of his charges.

The South African Football Association's national executive committee will meet on Friday morning where the issue is expected to top the agenda. The NEC is Safa's highest decision making body.

Sowetan has also learnt that Safa women's sub committee has recommended that Makalalane be replaced by a female coach.

Sunday World broke the story about Makalakalane's alleged demands for sexual favours from certain players who were later dropped from the final squad that represented South Africa during the 7th African Women Championship finals in Ekurhuleni three weeks ago.

Banyana Banyana finished a disappointing third and they missed out on participation in the 2011 Fifa Women's World Cup in Germany in June.

In terms of the rules and regulations, the teams reaching the final automatically qualify for the World Cup.

"I can tell you that Augie will be history by the end of this week. Safa NEC will discuss the matter on Friday," said a source who spoke on condition of anonymity.

"You will also recall that Augie was given a mandate by Safa to guide Banyana Banyana to the 2011 Fifa Women's World Cup. He failed, it's as simple as that. The man must go. The players have been complaining about Augie for sometime."

Women's committee chairperson Nomsa Mahlangu said: "I was surprised when I read the story in Sunday World, I have an open door policy. I expected the players or any member of the team to approach me when they had problems.

"As a mother, I'm worried to read about all those allegations in the paper, I'm planning to have a meeting with Mr Makalakalane to discuss the issues raised. We are working hard to reshape Banyana Banyana and women's football in this country after our failure to qualify for the World Cup."

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