Bafana Bafana

Time up for Igesund?

2014-02-12 14:23
Gordon Igesund (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Bafana Bafana head coach Gordon Igesund’s job has been on top of the agenda list in recent South African Football Associations (SAFA) meetings following another failure in a major competition.

Igesund was tasked to guide Bafana to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil and to reach last year’s African Cup of Nations (AFCON) semi-finals.

Bafana failed to qualify for this year’s global spectacle as Ethiopia finished ahead of them to progress to the qualifying playoffs.

They also lost to Mali in the 2013 AFCON quarter-finals, going down 3-1 on penalties at the Moses Mabhida Stadium.

Bafana’s most recent disappointment was a first round elimination in the third edition of the African Nations Championship (CHAN), leaving the 57-year-old Igesund’s job in jeopardy.

Earlier this month, SAFA President Danny Jordaan stated that there are lots of changes set to take place, including the team name.

Jordaan also dismissed talks linking former Bafana coach and current Iran mentor, Carlos Queiroz, with a move back to the job as he revealed that the coaching position is not vacant at present.

Igesund will on Thursday present a report to the country’s football governing body and technical committee on the team's failed CHAN campaign.

The country will know the outcome of the meeting on Friday.

Jordaan said SAFA wanted to put the matter to bed swiftly so that Igesund or his successor could prepare for the upcoming friendly against Brazil on March 5.

Bafana will clash against this year’s World Cup host nation at the FNB Stadium in three weeks' time.

It remains to be seen if Igesund will still be at the helm of Bafana or not by the end of the week.

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