Fans: Don't fire Igesund!
Gordon Igesund (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Sport24 readers have given Bafana manager Gordon Igesund a vote of confidence, despite the team's disappointing exit from the 2014 CHAN tournament.
According to our online poll, a significant majority of Sport24's readers believed changing the coach would not
improve the performance of the team and believed the players should shoulder the responsibility of their failure.
A massive 78% out of the 65% of readers who still cared about Bafana's results, believed Igesund should remain coach of the team.
SAFA has remained tight-lipped on the future of Igesund following the teams' failure in the CHAN
Igesund, 57, was appointed Bafana coach on June 30, 2012 on a two-year contract.
Igesund has insisted that he didn’t
have a mandate going into the
African Nations Championships (CHAN), adding that he has no plans of stepping
down as national team coach either.
Igesund also defended himself by saying that he had more than seven first-choice players out injured or unavailable for national duty because their Absa Premiership clubs wouldn't release them for the competition,
Under Igesund, Bafana beat
Mozambique 3-1 in their CHAN opener before drawing 1-1 with Mali and
losing 3-1 to Nigeria which saw Bafana finish third in their group - and
fail to progress to the quarter-finals.
Bafana also failed to
qualify for the 2014 Soccer World Cup in Brazil under Igesund's watch
and crashed out in the quarter-finals of last year's AFCON tournament
held in South Africa.(Editor's note: Igesund wasn't in charge for Bafana's first two 2014 Soccer World Cup qualifiers)
Even President Jacob Zuma recently came out in support
Sport24 asked:"Should Gordon Igesund stay on as Bafana coach after yet another embarrassing failure?"
These were the results:51% - Yes. It is the fault of the players and changing the coach won't bring success to the team14% - No. Gordon has had time now to build a side and should be winning these games35% - Yawn! Who cares? I've stopped watching Bafana games...
Still the right man for the job? (Gallo Images)