Igesund 'right' for the job

2013-02-06 07:36
Gordon Igesund (Gallo)
Johannesburg - Despite Gordon Igesund falling short of his semi-final mandate, 1996 Africa Cup of Nations-winner Andre Arendse believes the 56-year-old remains the best man to lead Bafana Bafana.

According to the website, South Africa saw their AFCON 2013 adventure come to an end at the quarter-final stage after going down on penalties to Mali, with some expecting SAFA to axe the coach after having initially set him a target of a last-four finish.

Arendse, though, believes that would have been a mistake, telling Football411: "Some people suggested that being on home soil Bafana should have won the tournament, but I believe that was completely unrealistic.

"South African football has been in steady decline since 1996, but Bafana's display at AFCON 2013 was an absolute improvement and step in the right direction."

Having won a PSL title under Igesund, Arendse is not surprised the former Santos coach has breathed new life into the national set-up after a mere seven months at the helm.

"I see much more fighting spirit, team cohesion and confidence among the players. Gordon has brought back a winning mentality," noted the current Bidvest Wits assistant coach.

While the former goalkeeper - capped 67 times for Bafana - regards Itumeleng Khune as one of Africa's premier shot-stoppers, Bafana's defensive fragility has him concerned.

"Khune was indeed a standout, but largely because we saw him making saves way outside his 18-yard area to cover for the back four's mistakes," he added.

"Bafana fell short in central defence and were at times exposed. There was a lack of cohesion between Bongani Khumalo and Siyabonga Sangweni - for me that combination just didn't work."

Since crashing out to Mali in the quarters, Khumalo's leadership credentials have been called into question. Arendse, however, was quick to jump to his former team-mate's defence.

"The criticism is grossly unfair. He always gives maximum effort, wears his heart on his sleeve and is a real team player," he said.

"While he was at times a little reserved, we must not forget he is a young captain. I have no doubt he will grow in stature and that his leadership qualities will skyrocket," he concluded.

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