FOOTBALL QUOTES

South African coach Ephraim 'Shakes' Mashaba media quotes

From describing captain responsibilities to hating his own football federation, Mashaba was never dull in the press room. Here's a selection of the best...or worst.

Ephraim 'Shakes' Mashaba
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Sacked South Africa coach Ephraim 'Shakes' Mashaba was never short of an opinion. Here's five of his best, or worst, quotes from his many media conferences:

Simplifying captaincy

'The duty of the captain is to attend the coin toss and tell the players which side of the field they will be playing from'

His casual approach backfired as minnows Gambia surprisingly drew 0-0 with South Africa in Durban

'The last time I saw Gambia play was two and a half years ago. I do not believe in this thing you journalists call 'spying'.'

Furious reaction to the inability of SAFA to get some footballers released by clubs for national duty

'I hate each and every member of the South African Football Association responsible for this decision. I hate them.'

Ephraim "Shakes" Mashaba alongside Dennis Mumble - SAFA CEO, Counsellor Monzer Selim - Deputy Ambassador of Egypt in South Africa, Sibongile Mkhabela – CEO of the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund

Mashaba on the warpath against his critics

'Stop calling me arrogant. If you want to write things about me, clarify them, because you are giving the wrong impression to people.'

Another Mashaba lecture to the media

'I am not a quitter and that is why I bought the jacket I am wearing today. You thought I would come here as a grey-haired old man. Instead, I am young, well-dressed and fresh.'