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Bafana players are not yet a team - Coach

By PJ van Rooyen | Nov 15, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 45 ]

With only two months to go before the Africa Cup of Nations, the national football coach is worried about Bafana's lack of time together to train

Two months before the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon), Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund says the national football side cannot call themselves a team.

South Africa went down 1-0 to Afcon champions Zambia in the Nelson Mandela Challenge at FNB Stadium on Wednesday night after a second-half Collins Mbesuma strike ended Igesund’s 100 percent record against African opponents.

The coach, appointed in July, bemoaned Bafana’s lack of time together after they had gathered in Johannesburg on Sunday evening and had a single training session on Tuesday ahead of the Challenge fixture.

“The difference between the two teams is that they (Zambia) are a team,” Igesund said after the loss.

“They have been together for maybe three years or so and we’ve been together for three months, five games and eight training sessions.

“We are 23 players that have been put together and we haven’t done our set pieces, we haven’t done our counter-attacking, we haven’t done a lot of stuff.

“This will say it by itself — if you have five games and you have eight training sessions, one training session with the team before the game, what do you do? 

“You can’t train out there for six hours, but these aren’t excuses.” 

Igesund believed his side had not been outplayed by Chipolopolo, but he admitted that South Africa failed to create enough goal scoring opportunities and lacked solid combinations throughout the team.

“Personally, I don’t think they were much better than us in certain departments,” he said.

“The game tonight was a little bit disappointing because I don’t think we created enough opportunities.

“The combination plays weren’t there in situations, the understanding between players wasn’t great.

“We missed a little bit of creativity in the middle of the park and we didn’t really create enough chances, although we did have a couple.” 

The South Africans were kept under pressure by their visitors and lacked the final touches in the Zambian half, resulting in a disjointed attack when they were allowed forward movement.

“We didn’t get in behind them and we didn’t really create a lot of chances. We could have done a lot better in our offensive play,” Igesund said.

“It was unfortunate because we had two injuries to the two strikers (Bernard Parker and Tokelo Rantie).

“We’ve got the backbone of the team, I think, and there are certain areas in which we have to really improve.” 

A quiet first half was followed by a more lively second period, with the hosts looking more likely to score, before Orlando Pirates’ Mbesuma beat goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune in the 64th minute.

“At the end of the day, it was a very good exercise, a very good game against some very good opponents,” Igesund said.

“We wanted to win the game. We tried our hardest to do that, but I think Mbesuma scored a wonderful goal.

“We should have dealt with it a bit better before it got to him, but at the end of the day, that’s how it is and I just think we need to have more time on the training field.

“It was a tough, tough game and under the circumstances, it wasn’t bad.” 

While he was disappointed by Wednesday’s result, Igesund said the team was on track and would continue to prepare for next year’s Afcon tournament, which will be played in South Africa. “Obviously I’m disappointed because we wanted to win the game and get a bit of momentum going,” he said. “We were beaten [Wednesday] night and we would have liked to have won, but it’s part of the programme.

“It’s part of the process to get to where we want to be.”

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We dont have a team as yet, and just tell me what Katlego Mashego was doing there, as for Thuso Phala hey i dont know if he is a real Bafana material.

Nov 15, 2012 3:25 | 0 replies

@Mzabalazo...There is no time to groom at National team. You choose best players that are already groomed in their teams. Gordon watches these players week in week out when they plays. He can also contact Supersport or SABC for tapes. That thing of experimenting is a nonsense. Gordon must resign if he doesn't know what he is doing. This is not like PSL where you groom players....We don't have time, we need results.

Nov 15, 2012 2:35 | 0 replies

I think we are missing something here, Gordon did well with teams because teams are well groomed, and secondly because teams are playing within the same league, if Gordon would have lead any South African team to play against our neighbhouring countries he will not have won. Why is that? Simply because SAFA is not encouraging PSL teams to take African league seriously. When did a SOUTH AFRICAN team do well against our African teams? That was in the times of Zamalek and Jerry Skosana, when our teams were proud of been admitted on the international sports. It is not Igesund ' s fault and even Brazilians and many foreign coaches failed, there is no miracle, our teams need to take the African games very seriously if we want to do well in Bafana Bafana. Secondly we have no continuity in our squad, the lower squads need to feed the bigger squads with players eg the the under 21 should feed Bafana Bafana at least with 5 players who have already gelled together instead of always building and building. So Gordon is not going to succeed, no coach will up until these issues are taken seriously. The failing of Gordon to deliver Bafana will never make him a useless coach, but will prove the fact that Bafana Bafana is a mission impossible, until SAFA does real soul searching. It is not Gordon's fault that the whole PSL is doing bad in African challenges, it is not Gordon's fault that there is no continuity between squads. All those who expected Gordon to do a miracle were alluding themselves.

Nov 15, 2012 2:27 | 0 replies

Aagh man ppl u argue abt Jomo & Clive, fact of the matter failed & was exposed @CONFED97 in U.A.E technically and Jomo brought a frsh-air and realisation that not only class of 96 could play ball.

In 1998 prior to France98 Clive blundered by fielding unknown Mcarthy in last few minutes of the friendly against France and he nearly changed the complexion of the game this exposed Barker&confirmed his limited technical acumen.Another Fact 96 players were on adrelin if u look those game u can't say what style of football was that !!Jomo messed it in 2002!!

Nov 15, 2012 2:24 | 0 replies

It doesn't look like Gordon knows what he is doing.

Nov 15, 2012 2:20 | 0 replies

how I thought this guy is South African, and he knows our players so well, and he'll pick the best 11, he's picked Dikgacoi and Bongani over and over though they continuasly dissapoint him, his two defensive middlefielders are both not creative, he needs a fit player of Pattison or Jali's calibre, I know he'll say he selected him this time but he was injured, but we all know he was not going to sacrifice either of his European favourites for a local based Jali, we need a fresh aproach, Myeni has failled in the national team, over and over, yet he gets the nod, just like Nyawana, sorry these players needs to make way for more hungrier tallent! left back is letting him down big time as the centre back, even Lekgwati in the centre of defence can do better than what we had last night!

Nov 15, 2012 2:15 | 0 replies

@MommaC
Why are they not getting enough practice time?
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Because they are from different teams and based in Europe. But that is just an excuse. Die span is te swaak.

Nov 15, 2012 2:10 | 0 replies

Why are they not getting enough practice time?
Watching the game, they were not even close to being a team. It was all individuals and nobody seemed to know what they were doing.

Nov 15, 2012 2:3 | 0 replies

@Dzel


4 once in yo life Rodent just read b4 u type a response. I said Jomo is not gud as a local coach and even a retard knows that. Was Mcfatty a coach of BB or was there a team called McFatty XI in 1998 & 2002?
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OK, read with me then; "Remember AFCON 1998? Remember world cup 2002? Jomo is the 2nd most successful coach after Clive to coach BB. No one disputes that he is a bad coach locally. But internationally, he is the 2nd most successful coach. "

Tell me, where do you state that Jomo's success was artificial as it was built on a Benni who was on fire?

I have a better idea; why don't you concentrate when typing so we don't have to debate statements you may or may not have thought of but neglected to post
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Amen!

Nov 15, 2012 2:2 | 0 replies

ancnduntsu

4 once in yo life Rodent just read b4 u type a response. I said Jomo is not gud as a local coach and even a retard knows that. Was Mcfatty a coach of BB or was there a team called McFatty XI in 1998 & 2002?
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OK, read with me then; "Remember AFCON 1998? Remember world cup 2002? Jomo is the 2nd most successful coach after Clive to coach BB. No one disputes that he is a bad coach locally. But internationally, he is the 2nd most successful coach. "

Tell me, where do you state that Jomo's success was artificial as it was built on a Benni who was on fire?

I have a better idea; why don't you concentrate when typing so we don't have to debate statements you may or may not have thought of but neglected to post.

Nov 15, 2012 1:46 | 0 replies

@Tasto_
Aagh man ppl u argue abt Jomo & Clive, fact of the matter failed & was exposed @CONFED97 in U.A.E technically and Jomo brought a frsh-air and realisation that not only class of 96 could play ball.

In 1998 prior to France98 Clive blundered by fielding unknown Mcarthy in last few minutes of the friendly against France and he nearly changed the complexion of the game this exposed Barker&confirmed his limited technical acumen.
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Was it not Junaid Hartley who played in that friendly against France? I still remember the game when Barker played Bennie in the last minutes and he almost changed the game. But I am not sure if it was against France. Barker also fielded Junaid Hartley in the dying minutes of the game in another game and I think it was against France. Hartley was playing for Lens by then.

Nov 15, 2012 2:37 | 0 replies