Go for it, Gordon!
THE enthusiasm that new Bafana Bafana head coach Gordon Igesund exudes each time he talks about the national team should inspire a nation that had all but lost hope.
Igesund does not only talk a good game but has proved over the years that he is up there among the best in this cut-throat business.
He has been there, seen it all and bought the T-shirt.
With four Premier Soccer League championships at four different clubs, he was the crowd favourite going into the Safa technical committee's interview processes.
Igesund has gone to great lengths to convince all and sundry that we should believe in Bafana Bafana.
He believes that the players need to work on their confidence, which has been lacking for some time now.
That, anyway, was to be expected after the winless performances that we witnessed in the past year.
Igesund talks about bringing back the African flair, playing attacking football and also mentions the skills that local players are blessed with as being the hallmark of SA football.
He says we can win the Africa Cup of Nations when we host the continental showpiece next year.
He also does not believe all is lost as far as qualifying for the 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil is concerned, despite the bad start. Bafana Bafana have garnered only two points out of a possible six against both Ethiopia and Botswana.
Those are teams we should ordinarily brush aside, given our position in the Fifa and CAF rankings, our infrastructure, financial muscle and having a professional league that is in the world's top 10.
All of these are what makes Igesund so optimistic about the future of the local game in general and Bafana Bafana in particular.
We have seen Igesund work miracles in the past and most recently with Moroka Swallows, whom he brought back from the dead to their rightful place in SA football.
He has told everyone who cares to listen that with the right people around him the sky will indeed be the limit.
Though nobody can please everybody all the time, Igesund and his technical team should be given our unwavering support.
After all, he believes these are the people who can help him turn things around for the beleaguered team.
He already faces a baptism of fire with his first game being against Brazil.
As Bafana Bafana's first-ever coach, Stan "Screamer" Tshabalala said to him yesterday "welcome to the hot seat".