Former South African national football team coach Shakes Mashaba’s application to block the South African Football Association (Safa) from appointing another coach has been dismissed by the country’s Labour Court.
Mashaba was seeking reinstatement as head coach after being fired in December for gross misconduct‚ insubordination and violating Safa’s communications policy, according to South African media outlet Eyewitness News.
Presiding Judge Robert La Grange did not provide reasons for his dismissal.
The outcome now paves the way for the association to hire a new head coach as soon as the first week of March.
Mashaba’s contract with the association was set to run until the end of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Mashaba was fired after being seen to publicly rebuke his Safa bosses and some media following his side’s 2-1 victory over Senegal in a World Cup qualifier.