Bafana Bafana

Igesund safe under Jordaan

2013-10-02 19:30
Gordon Igesund (Gallo)

Durban - Recently appointed SAFA president Danny Jordaan insists no rash decisions will be taken over the future of Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund, after his failure to qualify the country for next year's World Cup.

"We are not going to take a decision on Gordon in isolation of the total plan and all of the coaches," Jordaan said, speaking at the African football forum, Soccerex, in Durban on Wednesday.

"We want to have a conversation with all of the coaches from under-17 level to Bafana Bafana and present a grand plan for all of the national teams and then decide what we want to do."

The national team were eliminated from the race to Brazil last month when they were beaten to top spot in their qualifying group by Ethiopia, who progressed to the next stage where a 10-team play-off would determine which five African countries reached the 2014 finals.

Jordaan, who ousted Mandla Mazibuko for the top SAFA post last Saturday, outlined a project dubbed 'Vision 2022', with a prime target of lifting Bafana into the top 20 in the Fifa world rankings and putting the country among the top three teams in Africa -- in just under nine years.

To get there, though, he wanted national teams, on all levels, to qualify for major competitions on a regular basis.

"We want to qualify for (Afcon) Morocco 2015.

"In 2016 it is the Olympic football tournament in Brazil, which brings into play the under-23 team," Jordaan said.

"So, before that, we must talk to the under-20 coach because those players in 2013 for 2016 will then be considered and we would also need to talk to the under-17 coach.

"It is all tied in together and we need to correct the entire system starting with successful junior teams."

His comments came shortly after the launch of plans to build a state-of-the-art Sports Development Centre at Hoy Park, in the heart of Durban.

The R70-million project, classified as an international academy, would be the first of its kind on the continent and will focus on youth development.

The academy would be headed by former Sporting Lisbon scout, Paulo Cardoso, credited with discovering Portuguese stars Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani, with construction set to begin next year.

Plans were also in place to build further such academies across the nine provinces.

Meanwhile, Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula praised the appointment of Jordaan, saying he had no doubt the 2010 World Cup chief would turn SAFA around.

"He understands football, understands our deficiencies and knows what needs to happen," Mbalula said, at the same venue on Wednesday.

"You've got this new face and he has a vision.

"So let's make it happen."

The minister also hoped that Jordaan would help SAFA come out of recent financial struggles after the national soccer body reported losses of over R50 million last year.

"It pains me when I see SAFA struggling financially," Mbalula said.

"You are supposed to be number one.

"I think the situation will definitely improve (under Jordaan). They (SAFA) need to be at another level when it comes to financial injection and sponsorship."


What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy 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
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk


Bafana Bafana have been drawn with Cameroon, Gambia and Mauritania in the qualification stages for the 2017 AFCON tournament. Where will Shakes Mashaba's men finish in their pool?

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


With the Absa Premiership in full swing, who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Will Mamelodi Sundowns defend their title? Or can Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates or Bidvest Wits mount a serious challenge? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

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