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
Comments have been closed for this article.
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

 

We tried CrossFit for 2 months ...

What happens when you ask 3, non-gym, ordinary people to give CrossFit a try for 2 months?

 
 

Outdoor

Tips for Your Next Winter Camping Trip
Mountain magic: Your guide to the Drakensberg!
Your Winter Body Weight Workout
The perks of power walking
Vote

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?

 
 
/Sport
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

SuperBru Super Rugby challenge

Enter and challenge Sport24's staff!

Featured

As the Absa Premiership nears the Christmas break, a little over half the season remains. Who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Which teams will be relegated? 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.