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Igesund: We still have time

2012-11-15 07:42

Johannesburg - Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund says that he still has a lot of work to do with his side after they suffered a 1-0 loss at home to Zambia on Wednesday.

A stunning strike from Collins Mbesuma decided matters, but Bafana struggled to create chances while they also rode their luck on other occasions against the African champions.

Igesund believes that when he has his players together for an extended period of time, things will improve, although he admitted that he was disappointed to lose the game.

Gallery: Bafana v Zambia

Video: South Africa v Zambia

"Congratulations to them, they scored a wonderful goal. I think we could have done better in certain areas of the game. I think when we went 1-0 down, we really got into areas and tried to play," he said.

"End of the day, it's a good exercise for us, I think it was excellent. Disappointed of course that we lost... I didn't think we really deserved to lose, but it was a wondergoal.

"We had our chances, maybe not enough, but we really need to work on our combinations, set-pieces, free-kicks, that we haven't done yet.

Asked if South Africa were running out of time ahead of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, he added, "I don't think we are running out of time, I mean I'm only going to get the players three weeks or four weeks before the first game.

"This game gave me a good idea of certain players - I think we are on track.

"I'm disappointed that we lost because the guys were psyched up. We know what we have to do, we have 75 percent of the team, just the other 25 percent must be put right as quick as I can.

"We are not a team yet, we are 23 players put together to go and play a game. We are not a team or a unit yet."

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Comments
  • ruan.smith.14 - 2012-11-15 07:44

    Soccer is such an over paid sport!!

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-11-15 07:52

      Overpaid, overrated and extremely low on spectator value. Pretty boring actually.

      tim.gordon.5011516 - 2012-11-15 10:29

      SA was useless under a black South African coach, a Brazilian coach, and now under white South African coach. What's the problem here?

  • vvalashiya - 2012-11-15 07:50

    dissapointed,some of the player do not deserve to be in the national squad. GI stop chopping and changing time running out

  • chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-11-15 07:52

    Time for what? Bafana has had time now for almost 20 years. And they keep on getting worse.

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-11-15 08:19

      And Pitso sorted out Parreira's mess, who sorted out Pitso's mess, who sorted out Jomo's mess, who sorted out Trott's mess?

  • kenpeg.dawson - 2012-11-15 07:54

    We have lots of time. The 2286 World cup played in Northern Outer Mongolia (if we qualify that is.)

  • peter.sithole.547 - 2012-11-15 07:56

    Bafana Bafana are going nowhere with the system that they are using to many excuses, zonal marking is killing us if u ar playing a 442 system u need to mark tied at the back one on one. no shape in the middle, no play maker only direct football this is boring mann.

  • sicelo.brukwe.9 - 2012-11-15 07:57

    I'm getting confused people because Gordon says they still have time to do what, to steal more cash from us!

  • tyrone.koen.1 - 2012-11-15 08:01

    seriously, i anyone surprised?

  • ray.molekoa.5 - 2012-11-15 08:02

    You can't participate in a horserace with donkeys . I feel for you Gordon .

  • ray.molekoa.5 - 2012-11-15 08:03

    You can't participate in a horserace with donkeys . I feel for you Gordon .

  • mxeki.maduvula - 2012-11-15 08:25

    I believe Gordon's expertise but i blame him for showing zambia that he wanted to play defensively by putting 2 defensive midfielders who cant even make accurate passes and expect the to supply the strikers. Dikgasho and Furman were there by mistake. Had he started with the likes of Teko and yeye everyone would be smiling by now. Gordon is an SA's best coach currently and he will make things right - i strongly believe in him! Lets give him a chance!

  • thabang.lebyane - 2012-11-15 08:37

    i will make my point here we"ve theunder 17s ,20s, 23s and the national squad who said we dont have development we have the under 17 coach becomes assisstant to head coad to under 20 coach and also the players get exchange programmes from 17s to 20s so they know each other, the under 20s coach assistance to under 23s head coach and also an exchange programme to the under 20s players and same for under 23s to the national squad then we have the best national squad. only a year and half we can start seeing results not this get rich quick schemes

  • tokollo.moeletsi - 2012-11-15 08:38

    Gordon we have faith in you and the truth is you have taken a huge challenge. Taking Bafana to the 2013 challenge and the W.C 2014 while trying to maintain good results from a team that struggles to win against competitive teams is like weathering the storm on board a sinking ship... The players are available but have been thrown into the deep end and forced to swim- all we can do is offer our support to the national team; but what happens after 2013 and 2014 (if we qualify).... Our development structures are not in place or non-existent.... Do we brace ourselves for future dropping in rakings?

  • washington.maponyane - 2012-11-15 08:45

    We are not a team yet, we are 23 players put together to go and play a game. We are not a team or a unit yet." Gordon u had most of the players that u went to Poland,Brazil&Kenya

  • washington.maponyane - 2012-11-15 08:51

    We are not a team yet, we are 23 players put together to go and play a game. We are not a team or a unit yet." Lame escuse Gordon. And yet he played with most of the players he went to Brazil,Poland&Kenya! And i wonder where is he taking Katlego aka " Slow Man" Mashego& Bongani aka "Aron Mokoena" Khumalo! What about Majoro&Mathoho?

  • storm.trooper.125 - 2012-11-15 08:52

    the team is too black...last week the anc complaint springboks ar to white..change the players..they beat us in our own backyard.

  • nmunyai - 2012-11-15 08:56

    Give Gordon a chance..... He will do well.....

  • sfiso.khuzwayoii - 2012-11-15 08:56

    The problem is not with Igesund. SA players are too weak and fail to perform. These players are chosen because they are performing well at club level but when they wear national colors they suddenly get rusty. SA soccer critics are too afraid to publicly judge players.

      nhlanhla.mahlangu.7393 - 2012-11-15 11:04

      fistos s a khosi suppoter I dnt want to c my players break a leg for Bafana bcoz PSL

  • zakhele.msezane.5 - 2012-11-15 09:02

    Im very disapointed about Gordon Igesund's starting line up, how can u expect a win without Tshabalala and Teko Modise? and 5 games now but still no good selection or team and u can't build forever.

  • frost.frost.980 - 2012-11-15 09:04

    Even if you had Jose or Sir Alex as the bafana coach you would get the same result, its not the coach never has been, It’s useless quality of players this country produces, grass root development problems, top management greed = downfall. Also need to lose that STUPID name “BAFANA BAFANA”

  • Cmindloz Ndlovu Émsunduze - 2012-11-15 09:11

    The lost is not good especially in a cup game but as we are preparing the big competition next year.We must rectify mistakes we noticed last night and look forward.

  • ronny.masango - 2012-11-15 09:12

    Every losing always says we still have time.but coach no we don't hey,we want results.first find ur best 11 not what u doing.sorry to say diz.this is not psl or swallows.shapeup or ship out.pitso was better dan u.aagh

      tokelofako - 2012-11-15 09:22

      clearly you dont realise that most of our the players are on injury and by Comparing Pitso to Gordon clearly you fell and damaged some brain nerve in your brain.. make a solid case and stop babbling..

      morne.linden - 2012-11-15 11:12

      Do us a favour Ronny and keep your comments to yourself. U obviously have no idea what's happening in SA soccer.

  • tokelofako - 2012-11-15 09:20

    Gordon did what any coach could have done with what he had on the bench... Our boys are the ones who need to wake up and realize that they are the ones shaming the country.. seems like they have forgotten what patriotism means...smh

  • nhlanhla.mahlangu.7393 - 2012-11-15 09:58

    @frost.frost u wrong! these guys they can play, the thing s they lost the desire 2 play for Bafana n I dnt blame them for that bcoz its ur poor SAFA n PSL management system. In other countries when a national team is playing they sometimes postpone certain league games bt here PSL teams they dnt get any justice for realising their regular players! what abt fatigue? injuries? n u can imagine how these players feel for losing @ their respective clubs and another event of poor management from Safa s that they dnt take Bafana seriously, how do u stage linkin concert on the pitch that wil b used 3 days later for a prestigious charity or maybe that linkin band they were also playin for charity.

  • KyleVDMerwe7 - 2012-11-15 10:20

    We've had how many coaches and none of them can win with the pathetic players we have, all our players do is dive and complain, and it's the PSLs fault, if we had a better league we wud have better players

      mabhekana.nzuza - 2012-11-15 11:03

      Don't contradict yourself here, where does the following players play: Mbesuma, Mweene, Musonda, Nkausu, Chivuta. Are they not playing in the PSL?

  • dean.pinto.71 - 2012-11-15 16:08

    Big difference between Zambian players on the ball and Bafana players on the ball . It seems tactical awareness is being put before technical and personal ability by the Bafana coaches. Surely a player has to be comfortable on the ball before even thinking of passing and moving into the next space. Doc Khumalo could do , Tinkler could do it. SAFA coaches need to go back to the drawing board and to basics because all the hi - tech facilities and resources available are going to waste. "Teach the poor boy to play with the ball " the rest come secondary and naturally - Bafana players ( and officials) do not know how to communicate with the ball - too much activities unrelated to football. And I am commenting from Malawi and we envy all that is available for South African football

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