Shakes Mashaba and the South African Football Association are set to meet together in attempt to explore potential solutions ahead of the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration on February 7.
Mashaba took the SAFA to the CCMA after he was fired in December last year following Bafana Bafana’s 2-1 win over Senegal during a World Cup qualifier match played in November.
The former Bafana coach’s lawyer Claudio Bollo confirmed the conciliation with SAFA before in heads to court to contest the dismissal, and also maintained that both parties can find a mutual acceptable outcome.
“The main purpose of conciliation is to try to see if both parties can find solution before moving to the next step,” Bollo said.
Since Mashaba took charge of the national team in 2014, Bafana has a good record. Despite all the doom and gloom around the team’s failure to qualify for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nation (AFCON) in Gabon, South Africa are on course to clinch qualification for the 2018 World Cup in Russia after Shakes’ charges clinched a 2-1 surprise victory against Senegal. Bafana are currently second on their group, level on points with Burkina Faso, but behind on goal difference.
This was Shakes’ third stint in charge of Bafana Bafana, having led the side for one match in October 1992 and then between August 2002 and May 2003.
He became the 21st coach to take charge at Bafana.
Meanwhile, SAFA are yet to appoint a replacement in the Bafana hot seat, although former Bafana Bafana and Real Madrid coach Carlos Queiroz has been linked with the now vacant role.