Bafana Bafana

Igesund to meet PSL coaches

2012-07-23 20:30
Gordon Igesund (File)

Johannesburg - Unlike many of his predecessors, new Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund is already moving to meet all Premier Soccer League coaches, while backing up prior promises with immediate action.

Igesund said he was planning a similar mission overseas in the next couple of weeks.

"The PSL coaches obviously have an intimate and updated knowledge of all their players that I can't possibly have at my fingertips," the Bafana coach said in an interview on Monday from Cape Town.

He was holding discussions with officials of Santos and Ajax Cape Town, before moving on to Durban and Bloemfontein.

"I want to have a close rapport with all of them to assist me in selecting the best possible South African squad."

Igesund said in his 20 years at the helm of the PSL clubs, Manning Rangers, Santos, Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns, winning a record four Premier League titles, he had often gone an entire season without speaking to the Bafana coach.

"For my part, I'm not scared to ask for advice, although the buck stops right here and I must make the final decisions. Any help I can get, from any source, will always be appreciated.

"I've already implemented an advisory committee of seasoned campaigners like Clive Barker, Shakes Mashaba and Jomo Sono, with whom I will exchange ideas," said Igesund.

"I want to form a similar kind of relationship with all the PSL coaches."

As for his overseas sortie, which will probably be for a period of 10 to 14 days, Igesund said he hoped to meet every player who was a viable Bafana candidate, their club managers and their business agents.

"In this way I will be able to have a working relationship with all of them, know their problems, fitness levels and when they will be available to play for Bafana."

Among the countries Igesund plans to visit are England, Holland, Greece, Belgium, and Israel.

High on his list of priorities would be a meeting in England with current South African captain Steven Pienaar. After this he would make a final decision and announcement on Bafana's on-the-field leadership.

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

 

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
5 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

 

Climbing the world’s largest stone arch

For the first time ever, a rock climber conquered the biggest stone arch in the world.

 
 

Where were you when you last felt alive?

Awesome extreme sports people
Watch: 2015 Absa Cape Epic route
4 exercise excuses and how to beat them
Watch: Insane road bike skills!
Fixtures
15 November 2014
South Africa v Sudan, Mbombela Stadium 15:00
19 November 2014
Nigeria v South Africa, Uyo International Stadium 17:00
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

What is the reason behind Bafana Bafana's recent success?

 
 
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.