Johannesburg - Dr Irvin Khoza has assured Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund he
has the full backing of the Premier Soccer League ahead of the 2013
Africa Cup of Nations.
Igesund has reportedly been mulling over a 30-day camp ahead of
next year's South African showpiece and was hoping the PSL would
postpone some fixtures, especially in December, to accommodate the
Khoza says the matter was discussed at length and that despite
the coach not getting his wish, all clubs have at least agreed to make
his job a little easier in the build up to the tournament.
"We will support Bafana as we have promised. I'm happy to
announce that we have adopted some points of cooperation between
ourselves and SAFA to ensure we can avoid unnecessary surprises," Khoza
"In fact, the coach wanted to have the players (locally based) in
camp every Monday and we discussed that, but in the end we agreed that
the coach must have full access to all the clubs in the PSL, meaning
that he will have access to the training sessions of all the teams where
he can engage with the coaches to discuss his targeted players."
The 'Iron Duke' added: "It was going to be a challenge for him to
have all the players in camp every Monday, because of the matches over
the weekend. But we think it will go a long in assisting the coach
prepare by having full access to the clubs' training sessions."