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Extended stay for Igesund

By Mazola Molefe | Feb 05, 2013 | COMMENTS [ 190 ]

GORDON Igesund will stay on at Bafana Bafana despite falling short of his objective.

When he was appointed on a two-year contract as national football coach in June, Igesund was told Bafana Bafana must at least reach the semifinals of the Africa Cup of Nations finals.

On Saturday night they fell agonisingly short, losing on penalties against Mali in the quarterfinals. But he has found people forgiving. One of them is South African Football Association president Kirsten Nematandani.

"They were the better side (on Saturday night), so to me they have gone into the semifinals but not a recognised semifinal," said Nematandani.

He said Safa was not necessarily letting Igesund off the hook.

"His contract is subject to what is happening around us. We want to be more patient with coaches in future, but at the same time a coach must give you results," he said.

"We gave him a mandate (to reach the semifinals) of the Afcon because we always want to aim high. It was a very clear goal and we saw they were almost there, but not quite."

Nematandani hinted that Igesund could also be given a new target: qualifying for the 2018 World Cup, to be held in Russia.

The football boss said there was "nothing wrong with shifting the goal posts" as long as the coach built on the foundations laid at this Afcon finals.

Nematandani said Igesund, who is a four-time Premier League winner, was "the best in the country".

"You don't want to dismantle something that shows so much potential," said Nematandani. "A coach's period should always be long term, and ideally when you stretch (the mandate) to two World Cups, then you are probably giving him a better chance of success."

Nematandani said he believed in continuity. "In eight years a coach might have more of an impact on a national team. Actually, experts will tell you that a target that is as far ahead as 2022 should be set and we are already nine years from that World Cup," Nematandani said.

Igesund's upcoming challenge is to guide Bafana to next year's World Cup in Brazil. South Africa have two points from two matches after successive draws against Ethiopia and Botswana. Bafana are third in their group.

Central African Republic complete South Africa's group and are Bafana's next opponents on March 22 and again on June 7. A return leg against Ethiopia is set for June 14.

Bafana host Botswana in September.

COMMENTS [ 190 ]

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@Bizzabo
GI has true love for KC players,its like a woman falling in love with a married man,,they go a long way together but end up nowhere.

Feb 05, 2013 12:50 | 0 replies

SPHONZA
The issue is he failed to deliver on his mandate, finish and klaar.
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What are we saying to our kids? there is a reward in failing?

Feb 05, 2013 11:51 | 0 replies

KEJANNYO

what experience are you talking about? some have 75 caps that mean nothing.

ghana dropped Sulley Muntari and Steven Appiah and rebuilt with less known young players, why cant we do the same?

Feb 05, 2013 11:49 | 0 replies

ROBOT

They will never answer you, it only makes sense to include players with a winning mentality, Germany does it with Bayern, Spain with Barca, Italy with Juve and Inter, Turkey with Galata and why can't we do the same?

Egypt at its peak did it with Alhly and Zamalek

Feb 05, 2013 11:47 | 0 replies

Guys I thought the only reason why you would want to participate in a tournament or any game for that matter is to win. So South Africa was not aiming to win AFCON but just to reach thesemis. Shouldn't we have left countries who want to win it take our place? Why did we take part if we set our goal to be the semis? Why ar we also rewarding Gordon for failure? He failed and that is the bottom line. Whether those KC boys disguised as Bafana Bafana played well or not is not the issue. The issue is he failed to deliver on his mandate, finish and klaar.

Feb 05, 2013 11:43 | 0 replies

@Sdakwa
I'm not against the point that he must include younger players in his squad. I'm only against the point that we must get rid of the coach and players. I think if he can mix the experience with youngsters then we will have a way foward. I agree with you 100% because we have many youngsters who can replace our tried and tested players, but mix them to avoid the stage fright.

Feb 05, 2013 11:40 | 0 replies

I think GI must go. To me it seems as he have put a tag on some players which read "Favourite". That is why I don't prefer a local coach as national team coach. They become biased, arrogant and big-headed. One blogger said something important previously: Spain national team is dominated by Barcelona players, without a doubt Barca claimed lots of trophies in the last three years, thus that justify the selection of Barca plys.
The question was raised and none of KC bloggers answered it. What did KC achieved in the last three years that warranted the selection of those many players in the national team? Don't get me wrong, I am not saying Pirates must have many players. I am just wondering. We need a coach with great personality, who will not be afraid to drop/select players because some club bosses have seat in SAFA. We also need a captain who will lead a team in the field, not that clown called whatevername Khumalo.

Feb 05, 2013 11:37 | 0 replies

@Mgeez
The other point is we dont what he has written on his technical report that conviced SAFA that he is a best man for the job. And again, choping and changing coaches will never banefit us because time is against us. I think replacing him now will be suicidal.

Feb 05, 2013 11:33 | 0 replies

@MGEEZ
SAFA must have realised,it was asking too much to expect him to reach the semis hence they retracted their statement and revisited their mandate.
After all you can't blame the coach for three professional players missing penalties and relief him of his duties simply because someone failed to convert a penalty .

Feb 05, 2013 11:30 | 0 replies

@KEJANNYO
@Papage
Let me disagree with you on that point. World cup qualifiers are around the corner, Psl is resuming next week and Brazil 2014 is next year. I think starting from scratch will be suicidal because time is not on our side.

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You are making a lot of sense ma broda, but do we have a choice? If you can look at the age of most of the players then you will agree that we need to introduce a lot of new faces in our National team. Whats the point of qualifying for Brazil if we know that we are going to be the laughing stock again. Rather GI shoul introduce young and talented players that he will prepare for Russia 2018. Here I'm talking about players who are not older than 25 for the defence, players who are not older than 23 for the midfield and striking department.

Feb 05, 2013 11:27 | 0 replies

@Bizzabo
@Robot
If I may ask you guys. Were there only KC players in all the games played?

Feb 05, 2013 11:52 | 0 replies