AFCON

Igesund 'right' for the job

2013-02-06 07:36
Gordon Igesund (Gallo)
Johannesburg - Despite Gordon Igesund falling short of his semi-final mandate, 1996 Africa Cup of Nations-winner Andre Arendse believes the 56-year-old remains the best man to lead Bafana Bafana.

According to the football411.com website, South Africa saw their AFCON 2013 adventure come to an end at the quarter-final stage after going down on penalties to Mali, with some expecting SAFA to axe the coach after having initially set him a target of a last-four finish.

Arendse, though, believes that would have been a mistake, telling Football411: "Some people suggested that being on home soil Bafana should have won the tournament, but I believe that was completely unrealistic.

"South African football has been in steady decline since 1996, but Bafana's display at AFCON 2013 was an absolute improvement and step in the right direction."

Having won a PSL title under Igesund, Arendse is not surprised the former Santos coach has breathed new life into the national set-up after a mere seven months at the helm.

"I see much more fighting spirit, team cohesion and confidence among the players. Gordon has brought back a winning mentality," noted the current Bidvest Wits assistant coach.

While the former goalkeeper - capped 67 times for Bafana - regards Itumeleng Khune as one of Africa's premier shot-stoppers, Bafana's defensive fragility has him concerned.

"Khune was indeed a standout, but largely because we saw him making saves way outside his 18-yard area to cover for the back four's mistakes," he added.

"Bafana fell short in central defence and were at times exposed. There was a lack of cohesion between Bongani Khumalo and Siyabonga Sangweni - for me that combination just didn't work."

Since crashing out to Mali in the quarters, Khumalo's leadership credentials have been called into question. Arendse, however, was quick to jump to his former team-mate's defence.

"The criticism is grossly unfair. He always gives maximum effort, wears his heart on his sleeve and is a real team player," he said.

"While he was at times a little reserved, we must not forget he is a young captain. I have no doubt he will grow in stature and that his leadership qualities will skyrocket," he concluded.

Read more on:    bafana bafana  |  afcon  |  gordon igesund  |  soccer
NEXT ON SPORT24X

Arteta aggravates calf again

2014-11-27 11:42

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
15 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
  • Blitz
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
  • SS1
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
  • SS2
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
  • SS3
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @03:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

 

Goalkeeper saves five penalties with his FACE!

Nothing, and we mean nothing, will keep goalkeeper Scott Stirling from stopping the ball!

 
 

Men24.com

This invention makes farts smell like chocolate!
11 things men don’t know about their clothes
Hilarious mortal kombat elevator prank!
Hottie of the day: Nicole Meyer!
Vote

Who do you think will be the next manager at Manchester United?

 
 
/Sport
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Featured

Got something you'd like to get off your chest? Got a burning desire to air an opinion? If so, be sure to sign-up on Sport24's FORUM!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

Forum Have your Say on Sport24's brand new Forum!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.