Igesund: Dream Bafana squad!

2012-12-30 15:48

Johannesburg - Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund believes he has selected a 23-man squad that will make the country proud at the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament hosted by South Africa in January.

"This is a dream team," Igesund declared at the announcement of his squad here on Sunday afternoon.

"This is an outstanding team, very well balanced and the team gives me options at any moment in a game to change to a plan B or plan C.

"The players that I have selected have shown me that they are hungry to play and also I must add, even the players that I have left out, it has been the most difficult part."

Igesund sprung few surprises with his squad, including the majority of players he has picked throughout his tenure as Bafana coach, opting for a youthful yet experienced make-up to his outfit.

"There are so many players that are just fantastic players, but unfortunately I had to leave some players out," Igesund said.

"We had sleepless nights. The line between being in the team and being out of the team was so small, there were so many magnificent players.

"It is a very experienced team, I've gone for youth, I've got 10 players in the squad that are 25 years and younger and I've also got some players that have many caps for South Africa."

Igesund added that he had selected his side based on their opponents in the group stage of the tournament, which included Angola, Morocco and Cape Verde in group A.

"When you select a team, you need to know what you are selecting the team for," he explained.

"I am selecting this team because we have three teams (Angola, Cape Verde and Morocco) that we have to play in the first round.

"Based on what those teams are capable of doing, where we are going to counter them, where I think that we can be strong and I picked a team not only based on the opposition, but one that is very well balanced."

Igesund named three goalkeepers, led by first choice Kaizer Chiefs shot-stopper Itumeleng Khune, Wayne Sandilands and Orlando Pirates' Senzo Meyiwa.

In defence, Bloemfontein Celtic's Thabo Nthethe earned a call-up at the expense of Bevan Fransman, while Thabo Matlaba also cracked the nod.

Teko Modise missed out on a call-up, but highly-rated Ajax Amsterdam playmaker Thulani Serero made the final 23, along with the likes of Amakhosi regulars Siphiwe Tshabalala and Reneilwe Letsholonyane.

Serero is one of seven foreign-based players in the squad, including defenders Bongani Khumalo (PAOK, Greece), Anele Ngcongca (Racing Genk, Belgium), midfielders Dean Furman (Oldham Athletic, England), Kagisho Dikgacoi (Crystal Palace, England) and May Mahlangu (Helsingborg, Sweden), and striker Tokelo Rantie (Malmo FF, Sweden).

Igesund opted to leave out Mamelodi Sundowns' Teko Modise, but included Katlego Mphela, who has successfully recovered from injury.

Other notable omissions include Andile Jali, Ricardo Nunes, Sifiso Myeni and Daine Klate.

"Our preparations are really going to start now. Up until now we have mixed and shuffled the team around," Igesund said.

"We made six substitutions in each (friendly) game, the players never really gelled together, but from January 2, I'll have all 23 players.

"I believe I have selected the cream of the crop in South African football at this point in time."


Goalkeepers: Itumeleng Khune (Kaizer Chiefs), Senzo Meyiwa (Orlando Pirates), Wayne Sandilands (Mamelodi Sundowns)

Defenders: Siboniso Gaxa (Kaizer Chiefs), Bongani Khumalo (captain, PAOK Salonika), Tsepo Masilela (Kaizer Chiefs), Thabo Matlaba (Orlando Pirates), Anele Ngcongca (Racing Genk), Thabo Nthethe (Bloemfontein Celtic), Siyabonga Sangweni (Orlando Pirates)

Midfielders: Lerato Chabangu (Moroka Swallows), Kagisho Dikgacoi (Crystal Palace), Dean Furman (Oldham Athletic), Reneilwe Letsholonyane (Kaizer Chiefs), May Mahlangu (Helsingborg), Oupa Manyisa (Orlando Pirates), Thuso Phala (Platinum Stars), Thulani Serero (Ajax Amsterdam), Siphiwe Tshabalala (Kaizer Chiefs)

Strikers: Lehlohonolo Majoro (Kaizer Chiefs), Katlego Mphela (Mamelodi Sundowns), Tokelo Rantie (Malmo FF), Bernard Parker (Kaizer Chiefs).


  • Sammy Willow - 2012-12-30 16:04

    be lucky if they make it past group, but by qf old story will be out

      given.shiburi.3 - 2012-12-31 07:23

      Maybe by match-fixing.

  • lebakeng.morobane - 2012-12-30 16:11

    Modise is on form why he was never picked?

      chanki.modise - 2012-12-30 19:56

      Ke bad luck that lad

      david.w.bakker - 2012-12-31 03:51

      Modise he is terrible. The confeds cup in 2009, the 2010 world cup. he should have scored against Mexico with an open goalmouth he messed it up. glad he is not in. maybe to bigger step up for him

  • Sakhiwo - 2012-12-30 16:23

    There's no other squad than this one.They can criticise you Gordon about who you left out

  • huizen.pharamela - 2012-12-30 16:25

    I'm dissapointed in Gordon,this isnt a dream squad,this is a Kaizer Chiefs squad,is Gordon scoring some points with kaizer Motaung once his Bafana Stint is over? And as for Serero the dude even said he wasnt match fit cause he hsnt played in almost 4 months while the likes of Jali are playing day in and day out and as for the 2 midfielders who r plying their trade in some 2nd division teams in England or somethng dont u think we got enough talent in our Premier league? I bet u in 1 of these games the whole 7 Chiefs players will be featured in the same game,Gordon must think of the nation as a whole rather think of Kaizer Chiefs alone

      sammyserame.galeboe - 2012-12-30 17:02

      Huizen my brother plz tell us from Chiefs players selected who do u think he was selected wrongly/unfairly,I will wait 4 yo reply????

      huizen.pharamela - 2012-12-31 06:27

      @Sammy i ddnt say any of those players are not performing but look at Masilela the dude has just played a handful of games and already he's selected,i think there are players who has played well in this season and last season who could have been selected from other teams and not look at just 1 @Brian ja maybe but i think you're missing the whole point here

      given.shiburi.3 - 2012-12-31 07:32

      Obviously match-fixing will help him reach the second round. Guess who could be doing the job- Bobby. South african soccer is dead killed by the money.No one can simple dribble in the squad.

  • brian.dureuck - 2012-12-30 16:27

    Where are the white players? ... Can't support this team, sorry!

      david.s.duncan.1 - 2012-12-30 16:32

      If any white players, the very few who play soccer, were good enough I am sure they would have been selected

      evans.matome.94 - 2012-12-30 16:36

      players are selected on merit, not colour sir.

      sammyserame.galeboe - 2012-12-30 16:41

      Brian who's the ideal white guy u think has been left out unfairly from this squad???don't worry I'll wait!!!--in the meantime I wud like to ask u to plz rally behind the boys coz they need every support they can possibly get.

      calvin.eighteeseex - 2012-12-30 17:00

      Brian who asked for your support? You should focus on finishing school to gain a lil bit of inteligency sir, french team has 70percent black players but their fans are 95percent white,atleast the white bafana coach selected our only 2white players for Bafana so go to h**ll

      luke.slade - 2012-12-30 17:01

      You're obviously just commenting here to troll ppl and get a reaction, Wayne Sandilands and Dean Furman are white...

      Adeeb Saban - 2012-12-30 17:25

      Guys, if u dont know yet, Brian is our resident boere ninja KKK racist. He's a real troll that always patrols the cricketing sites with he's "quota" comments. Pls ignore this inbred half breed troll!!!!

      brian.dureuck - 2012-12-30 17:34

      Then why are you guys crying about the lack of black players in the cricket and rugby teams?.. And Adweeb sadam Hussein go make me a samoosa - 2012-12-30 17:47

      Samoosa teen die oor pal.

      Adeeb Saban - 2012-12-30 18:03

      Hahahahahaha Brian, got some news for u, the latest Dutch soccer 11 has 4 players of colour, that must hurt. Though I don't know why u support cricket and rugby in this country because none of the players represent Oranje. Bwaahaahahahaaaahaa Go crawl back into ur hole redneck

      brian.dureuck - 2012-12-30 22:22

      Merry Xmas adweeb

      brian.dureuck - 2012-12-30 22:33

      Adweeb, don't touch me on my twin towers

      seath1 - 2012-12-31 07:36

      Dean Furman

      bambanani.mdzimba - 2013-01-01 12:07


  • ngoako.mathekga - 2012-12-30 16:31

    Critics will always be there even if someone is doing good. These players who are chosen are on form and it is up to them to prove themself worth being in this team. Let's all be behind the coach and this team.

      tebogo.kale.3 - 2013-01-04 13:01

      chief, I wonder what soccer do you watch. Yeses! is masilela on form? wa lora boss. Katlego Mphela on form? O lora more! should I go on?

  • wreford.white.9 - 2012-12-30 16:42

    Dream team????.....Time to wake up and smell the coffee. Bafana are no hopers!!! OK so they beat Malawi..,.mmm thats it I think.

      sammyserame.galeboe - 2012-12-30 16:55

      Wreford.white keep yo fingers crossed till they get tired because this AFCON is gona stay here with Bafana winning it,or maybe u got a better idea,well let's hear it!!

      calvin.eighteeseex - 2012-12-30 17:08

      Atleast they always beat your country when they meet, Australia is Bafanas dialy bread

      alison.bains.7 - 2012-12-30 20:11

      U think k?k

  • metja.monare - 2012-12-30 16:43

    Wayne Sandilands and Dean Furman are white and even the coach is white, then what is the farce.

      sammyserame.galeboe - 2012-12-30 16:45

      Well said Monare,we'll ignore those ones who don't support S.A football with their lousy comments.

      bobby.rosewood.1 - 2012-12-30 17:34

      I agree, Soccer is most popular with people of colour, as rugby is most popular with (SA) caucasians, it has been so for the last 100 years or so. Inevitably we will therefore see 2-3 players of colour in a Springbok squad and 2-3 white players in a Bafana-Bafana squad at this point in time. These are our boys, make us proud!!

      keith.j.visagie - 2012-12-31 04:11

      question is are they the first choice players in the squad?

  • metja.monare - 2012-12-30 16:57

    7 top class players from Chiefs and 4 from Pirates, both teams are 1 and 2 on the log respectively. Good choice coach.

  • calvin.eighteeseex - 2012-12-30 17:04

    Shame poor Gordon, some blacks accusing him of colonising Bafana with most white plyers,yet the white side too criticize him of selecting a too black team. Me and the few colourless will continue supporting GI n his boys

      bobby.rosewood.1 - 2012-12-30 17:39

      You get the same nonsense with a cricket, rugby or jukskei team, but then visa versa. Silly people are everywhere, and the colour of their skin doesn't make a difference.

      keith.j.visagie - 2012-12-31 04:14

      you so right calvin !it will be a FEW "coloured" supporters!

      kwassie.modo - 2012-12-31 09:05

      the day that we can look pass the colour of the players, that will be the day our sporting codes will succeed in their endeavours!!!

  • daniel.motlhatlhedi - 2012-12-30 17:13

    I thnk its a good squard.

  • mfundo.makapela - 2012-12-30 17:21

    So far it looks good.Let's hope it perfoms as good as it looks!!

      bobby.rosewood.1 - 2012-12-30 17:49

      Preparation is the key, but coach kicks of well: start by giving the chosen side a mental boost. A player believing he is the best, will always try to live up to those expectations. I think this is a very good move of the coach. Now make 'em ready, make it a team, and we'll show them!

  • aroka.murombe - 2012-12-30 17:25

    All u football loves let me take u to spain for a second...... National team bacca and madrid and ou boy the are doing grate

      keith.j.visagie - 2012-12-31 04:19

      how dare you compare barca & real madrid with kaiser chiefs!........let me take you to the 2010 world cup for a second! Spain won it! and rsa where they? eish!!!!!

  • sammyserame.galeboe - 2012-12-30 17:32

    Its amazing how some stupid people see this perfect squad as as Chiefs only squad whereas they're short minded that all those Chiefs players where impact players throughout en we are number1 on the log mostly becoz of their efforts,hard work en dedication,so plz guys shut up en watch Bafana's Afcon victory as we heading for it!!

  • bila.million - 2012-12-30 17:34

    I think mr Gordon Igesund have selected the best team and those players are on form at present.Critisms are always in people

  • andries.matiwane - 2012-12-30 17:44

    There is no colour in foot ball, or merit of from which team the coach selects

      keith.j.visagie - 2012-12-31 04:22

      off course not cos there is only ONE color!!!!!! ( with 2 white reserves!)

  • myza.dube - 2012-12-30 17:49

    Tsepo Masilela an Gaxa....dnt think so....

      ngcosman - 2012-12-30 18:25

      My point exactly

      sammyserame.galeboe - 2012-12-30 18:38

      So who do u think where best myza do u even know why the Coach opted for Masilela???let me put u out of yo misery,Masilela bcame de 1st choice as he's de only valued en most experienced left backs as for Punch is injured en de coach pleaded with Chiefs Coach to start giving Masilela game time it hapened a while back,but I guess u wouldn't know as ur stereotype kinda football supporter!!en gaxa is not an Ultimate starting 11 as Ngcongca is there but he's way better than any rightbacks left behind.**

      martin.dejager.56 - 2012-12-30 18:58

      Masilela at his best is absolute quality. Unfortunately, I think all the bad injuries he suffered in his career finally caught up with him, hence his lack of game time at Chiefs. I think he had been picked as a possible second option, and for his pace. In full flow, him, Rantie and Malanghu are the fastest players in the squad. It looks like the coach is going to play on the counterattack and utilize the pace of key players to kill the opposition

  • unforgetteble.cakes - 2012-12-30 17:51

    somebody must wake this man up b4 the tournmnt begins.he's only dreamin of coaching chiefs afta he gets fired

      sammyserame.galeboe - 2012-12-30 18:12

      Unforgetable I think u de one who needs to be woken up or else u gona be converted to forgotten with yo negativity,its not about Chiefs stupid its about Bafana Bafana en S.A as a whole!!jezzzz***

      ngcosman - 2012-12-30 18:23

      He is messing with chiefs' plan.

      maswazi.sifundza - 2013-01-01 09:53

      Only chiefs fans who are blind not to see that, but I don't blame them its their national team.

  • martin.dejager.56 - 2012-12-30 17:52

    I am proud to be Bafana Bafana supporter. I will always support them whatever the outcomes, just like I do with the rugby and cricket. I quote Bill Shankley: " If you can't support us when we lose or draw, don't support us when we win"

      sammyserame.galeboe - 2012-12-30 18:07

      Thanx a million times Mr Martin all S.A's sporting codes needs some1 like u en with de passionate supporters like u we will Conquer!!!

      martin.dejager.56 - 2012-12-31 00:36

      Sean, yes it's frikkin hard to navigate through these political complexities, but I came to realise it's all the corrupt politicians who use sport to turn it into a political propaganda. But, I have to say that I absolutely love banter with all the fans and no-one cares about colour. The argument that Bafana is not white enough, does not cut it for me. We don't have enough of the white population interesting or engaging in the sport, but If you're interested, take it up, start practicing it and if you're good enough, then you WILL be picked.

  • xolani.nyuswa - 2012-12-30 18:06

    S'fiso myeni didn't make the cut, Thuso Phala no offence but Myeni should've been opted ahead of u

      sammyserame.galeboe - 2012-12-30 18:19

      Sfiso run-around myeni,u clearly don't undastand football my man en I can bet with u dat ur a bitter pirates fan who wanted to see myeni being selected,sham!Get de drift man,Phala has been very good en focused en u can't deny dat!!!yo myeni is sometimes selfish en runs a one man show en he is a good player but stil needs some more polishing!!!

      xolani.nyuswa - 2012-12-30 19:49

      I don't care about which team he plays for, don't recall phala putin stars in the final# I'm a khosi fan fyi

  • Mandy Casey - 2012-12-30 18:16

    Dream on

  • hlanganani.ndlovu - 2012-12-30 18:20

    we must admit,,this squad is the best we have currently, as for competency..nah, they r weak but we wll support them

  • - 2012-12-30 18:21

    Miracles still happen..

      alison.bains.7 - 2012-12-30 20:02

      I bet u r a girl with a ballas. - 2012-12-30 22:29

      Ja sheman is the term I hear....

  • jerome.mokoena.35 - 2012-12-30 18:33

    Great team, can't wait for 19th Jan. Just need the whole ticket stuff sorted to collect mine. Viva Bafana Viva.

  • mlamuli.vdk - 2012-12-30 18:40

    lol the point here is not the teams the players are playing for....@brian Dean Furman is white, Bernard is coloured, Sandilands is white....go away> This squad is only missing Teko but the by has bad luck anyway

  • nhlapop - 2012-12-30 18:41

    Let's support our National team regardless of the 23 man squad chosen. Let's all stand behind our players and technical team. Wish them all the best, I don't want to comment on who was supposed to be cut-off and who was supposed to be included. Players are not selected on favouritism, this is national team and the coach know what is expected from him. God bless our National team and they must make sure that Orange Africa Cup Of Nation stays at home.

  • ryan.spencer.585 - 2012-12-30 18:46

    Whatever happened to Matt Pattison? Having that kind of option in 23 man squad could have handy. Just something different to the starting midfielders.

  • Eugene Garland - 2012-12-30 18:50

    great sqaud. come on guys lets get behind our boys. its all about pride!!!!

      sicelo.brukwe.9 - 2012-12-30 21:14

      Please select Indian players as well!

  • rondee.scherman - 2012-12-30 18:51

    Can somebody with some sense of soccer comment on the team? This sounds like rugby and everybody keep commenting on clubs and not the team as a whole. Man I hope these guys go to the final. We are all South Africans an instead of bitching we should support what we have on the field. Nobody will ever be happy with the team so get on with life. All of want to see hem lift the cup again in a few weeks time. - 2012-12-31 06:26

      Plus Gordon can't satisfy all. Bring us back '96's memory. Viva.

  • sicelo.brukwe.9 - 2012-12-30 18:54

    Gud squad coach and we grant you our support 100% but if you don't fufil your promises you must remember we will be mad and come into the training session with abus!

  • - 2012-12-30 19:03

    Let's Bafana without criticism. All player were selected on merit. Chiefs players also deserve selection. Stop critisizing anything associated with Chiefs.

      bongani.norman.5 - 2012-12-30 19:57

      That is a big true Mpho,they are onform jho.....

  • rory.beckett.96 - 2012-12-30 19:06

    My team! Finish.

  • lunati.bangani - 2012-12-30 19:12

    i would like 2 c hw he is going 2 combine the strikers. I still believe if those 4 strikers are combined well they make a deadly force. Hard luck 2 jali i stil believe he deserves 2 be selected. Go bafana bafana

  • peter.stock.988 - 2012-12-30 19:14

    Like the color comments - only works if you are talking about rugby :-)

      psadonisi - 2012-12-30 20:00

      Katleho Mphela has played 3 or 4 games since coming back from injury and he got the nod ahead of other PSL strikers. I dont understand the logic. Andile Jali is neglected once again, something should be done. Lerato Chabangu is not better player also but we understand that the coach needs to call players from his previous team to show the nation that he has transform some players from Swallows. Bongani Khumalo should have been left in the 23 man squad, there are quality defenders in the PSL.

  • bongani.norman.5 - 2012-12-30 19:32

    So far so gud the squad is perfect,they dersev to be there *nice*

      tshepo.morajane.587 - 2012-12-31 12:52

      Squad is not good at all

  • joseph.motong.5 - 2012-12-30 19:49

    Gordon Igesund's squad looks good and the promising one to deliver and make us proud. The only thing that I ask Gordon is to make substitude if any at the right time and please stick to the first half plan. All the best for Bafana and I trust that our SA flag will flew high.

      bongani.norman.5 - 2012-12-30 19:53

      Lets see Joseph it look like they is a hoop up there........

  • jmasha3 - 2012-12-30 20:19

    Ba bolaye bolaye killer.....a well balanced team shaaaapa Bafana Bafana shaaaaapa.Let's just support the team.

  • Tshwarelo L Thejane - 2012-12-30 20:23

    I cant wait for the games to begin,,,, hauweeeeeeeeng!

      bongani.norman.5 - 2012-12-31 04:14

      And me 2 cn't wait come 2013...!

  • mbisha - 2012-12-30 20:35

    Best squad ever coach. As proudly South Africans we are behind you n the team all the way. Lets bring back the Orange Africa Cup of Nations trophy to Mzantsi where it belongs because we can n we will

  • MUFHENI - 2012-12-30 21:02

    I b├Čliv in the talent of Benny mcCarthy! Y do u omit him? He is gifted,blessed with scoring legs! He is magical,BENNI is our secret weapon,y did u leave our secret ammunition out,i pray we dnt regret.Benni is our spear!

      ernest.letsoalo - 2012-12-30 22:22

      Benni is injured,that's what they said..and I agree with you,he is theee best and he's got experience..I like his mentality when he is in the box..with him anything can happen

  • sicelo.brukwe.9 - 2012-12-30 21:20

    On the past few weeks I've heard on how great Thami Tsolekile is but now when I read this article his name is on the squad so tell me what more must he do coach in order to attract your attention for Bafana Bafana*So upset*

  • mxeki.maduvula - 2012-12-30 21:22

    I smell a huge humiliation in the opening game. But dont worry gordon, you've booked yourself a place at chiefs after Bafana job.

  • masixole.njengele - 2012-12-30 21:49

    Where is Myeni and Nunes? If Gordon makes it through the group stages it will by traditional medicine and not by playing alone.

  • wiseman.tsobolo - 2012-12-30 21:56

    It is indeed a dream squad,98% of South Africans do not support this chosen players but Gordon has the final say since He is the one grooming this boys,Bafana Bafana is on fire.

  • Kwanele Mzwanele Masoka - 2012-12-30 22:22

    I'm no big fan for Bafana, but ever since the appointment of Gordon, I have showed a keen interest on the squad because I believe he is the rightman for the job rightnow. It goes without saying that I still support him in his final 23man squad. Looking closely in the team I do not see any player who I can say does not belong there..... I guess that also explains the fact that omitted players were left out due to their tactical and technical ability[or lack thereof]. Come on South africa; Mzantsi is bleSsed with lots of talent in as far as soccer is concerned but in this instance Gordon only needed 23 only, hence he could not possibly please all of us. - 2012-12-30 23:36

      Spot on Kwanele. Let the games begin.

  • Stanley T Africaa - 2012-12-30 22:32

    With this squad i can see Gordon is clearly favouring Chiefs players.Where is Myeni,Segolela,Benni,nunens and others.The current squad have rejects like Lerato Chabangu,Thuso phala,furman that doesnt make sense.Gordon will be unemployed soon. - 2012-12-30 23:08

      Gordon can't select all PSL players. Are u in Pirates' camp?

  • Ngxowa Mgcina C'yabonga - 2012-12-31 00:30

    clearly amakhosi playaz r on top of their game! 100% behind Bafana

  • keith.j.visagie - 2012-12-31 04:04

    Is this a reflection of a "rainbow"nation? i think not! if this was an all white/"coloured" team there would have been a national outcry! so why nothing now? or is the national soccer team a law unto itself?...........just asking!

      Ntsebele Gugushe - 2012-12-31 06:12

      is it the nation that chose or Gordon

      sibusiso.ntshangase.7 - 2012-12-31 08:30

      HM left out players of colour frm the springbok sguad tht should have been there on merit. All those players Gordon picked are there on merit Now can you name any white players that you think deserves to be in that team take dnt worry I'll wait

      middle.finga.5 - 2013-01-01 11:38

      Its not always about the color of your skin Mr Visagie like the way you normally do by the springbok team.

  • more.pido - 2012-12-31 07:17

    dream team???

  • elias.matlaila - 2012-12-31 07:29

    Dream team this is a bad team first round knockoff is what I see here..