Bafana warning for Igesund

2012-07-01 17:45

Cape Town - The South African Football Association (SAFA) has warned new Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund that he must meet its expectations or prepare to lose his job.

Igesund was named head coach in Soweto on Saturday, pipping interim coach Steve Komphela to the post.

SAFA president Kirsten Nematandani announced that Igesund was offered a two-year contract with a mandate.

And according to Eyewitness News Igesund, who led Moroka Swallows to a runners-up spot in the PSL last season, will have to reach at least the semi-finals of the 2013 African Cup of Nations tournament and qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

“Logic should dictate that if that is not met, the coach [will be] without a job,” said Nematandani.

Igesund’s first challenge will be to lead Bafana Bafana in their friendly against Brazil on September 7.


  • Ian - 2012-07-01 17:17

    oh ok, carry on with your losing ways then, clearly safa do not want the man to do the job, money is more of an interest to those clowns than winning games

      kgetsi.pule - 2012-07-02 10:18

      @Ian, Mr Igesund was not forced to take the offer, meaning if he feels like the offer its too much for him, he was entitled to reject it. Hope its clear to you Sir,

      sandra.roberts.716533 - 2012-07-02 10:36

      Let us hope that he is allowed to choose the team with no interference.

  • jaymz.hurly - 2012-07-01 17:20

    Finally the best man for the job gets the position and they already threatening to fire wonder we keep slipping fifa ranking

  • BobM6389 - 2012-07-01 17:24

    The coach can have a small impact on the performance of his players but has to have player that have the ability and right mind set to start with. Good luck Gordon

  • matvee111 - 2012-07-01 17:28

    the threat wasn't can't be good for the psyche of the new coach...cos lets be real its the players that on the field need 2 score...

  • tony.kirby1 - 2012-07-01 17:49

    One day on the job and threats start already. What a bunch of wankers SAFA are. If the bosses react like this no wonder the coaches have problems from players not giving their all.

  • Jason - 2012-07-01 18:20

    Would SAFA have given Khompela the same warning if he was offered the job???

      sannie.maseko - 2012-07-01 20:05

      What is your point?

  • slick.hounder - 2012-07-01 18:22

    Gordie,,, You will surely read this blog page or someone you know will. If this is how you are expected to work,,, tell SAFA to stick their job where the sun don't shine. If this article is to read in the right context the RACE card has been played once again so hand it back to them. Same as Clive Barker did but not limited to Clive. There are many Countries that would have you aboard to assist their teams.... So do what ALL professional Sports people and players are doing and take the offers you will get... and prove to SAFA that you will not be bullied, vilified, castigated and or condemned because the majority of the squad you are given is pathetic. money grabbing imbecile's, to say the least. ^5s Buddy...stand tall and tougher than ever,,,,, you owe the SAFA goon show nothing!!

      Tankiso Mogoje - 2012-07-01 19:20

      Actually most soccer lovers are very happy that Gordon is the coach instead of the inexperienced Steve,maybe I'll start supporting the team now.I am happy that the money will go to the most suitable local coach.

  • louis.langenhoven - 2012-07-01 18:36

    this job is about as hard if not harder than training the Proteas not to choke in a other words near impossible. Our skill levels are just not where it needs to be...but we should be able to hold our own in the African context at least and our players have on occasion shown that a big match can bring out the best in them....go for it

      slick.hounder - 2012-07-01 18:44

      Should Be... is the operative word used Louis. But the FACT remains the majority of the squads have all been spoilt rotten and its no longer Should be,,,, its now down to the mere mere FACT will it EVER be possible in the foreseeable future thanks to SAFA and for this.... the NEW coach must stand accountable ALONE???? wtf...... What planet you from dude??

  • Millos Mpofu - 2012-07-01 18:39

    Nematandani make sure that all players attend the Bafana callup in time because you shall loose your job as you warn Igesund and make sure you don't interfere to Igesund choice of player we as a nation we shall fire all you board members

      slick.hounder - 2012-07-01 18:46

      right behind you on that,,, Millos ^5s

  • patrick.makgeledise - 2012-07-01 18:45

    Wht a hell???how is he suppose t concentrate whn he's already under threats. I mean he hasnt evn meet da players yet. Safa wake up. Do the coaching yourself, that wil make u feel beta.

      slick.hounder - 2012-07-01 18:49

      You cant wake the dead Patrick. Their own financial greed killed off their brains long ago, that's if they ever had any to begin with....simple fact!

  • - 2012-07-01 19:18

    That's SAFA covering their asses already! If Gordon can hire and fire as he needs, then he should be able to weed out the rubbish and put in professional players. If he's not allowed to do that, then Gordon get out while the going's good. Our national soccer team are a disgrace and I don't think there's much chance of them getting any better while the SAFA 'management' sit on their fat backsides.

      jimzimbo - 2012-07-01 20:20

      Spot on kevin......start the cull cull no deal and time to move on and leave the SAFA loosers where they belong!!

  • Ran - 2012-07-01 19:27

    are they not unrealistic? Pitso already missed out on two relatively easy qualifiers.lets rather aim for 2018

      sannie.maseko - 2012-07-01 20:08

      I concur with you on that one. PS The other stupid bast*rds keep on bring race on this forum instead of thinking logically.

  • dieudonne.ngoma - 2012-07-01 19:54

    WTF! give this man a chance. give him support, no threats! SAFA sort yoursel first, your house is a mess! you have contributed to the current state of affairs. if Gordon get fired, i call on everyone to march and boycot the BB

      andrew.worrall.5 - 2012-07-01 20:07

      I agree. As far as the world cup is concerned the ship has sunk already

  • sadrick.lottering - 2012-07-01 20:14

    Look whose talking... You're still in your post after your horrendous African Cup of Nation flop... You don't get to play \Baas Piet\ with Igesund...

  • Austin Fox - 2012-07-01 20:35

    Kompela is my hero, with lgesund l've got lot of questions but no answer

      slick.hounder - 2012-07-01 21:03

      you got ?? for a coach that has done so much for soccer in the RSA huh.... typical racist you are now get back in your fox hole and shhhhh!!!!

  • Phillip Mafhala - 2012-07-01 21:05

    Igesund has potential fellow SA. Give that man chance & support!

  • kndobe - 2012-07-01 21:27

    If this article is true Safa must apologize to Igesund

  • givenmasanabo - 2012-07-01 21:37

    is gona be the same as pitso

  • thamifraser - 2012-07-01 22:18

    SAFA have given Gordon the most stringent mandate to take Bafana to at least the semi-final of the AFCON 2013, and to qualify for FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil. A very tall order with very little time in which to do it. But I trust Gordon can achieve it, as long as he gets all the support the mandate needs from all stake holders and role players. The players, the clubs, club coaches, the PSL, SAFA, and South African supporters. Let's make this our national project, all of us. Let's display the necessary maturity to realise that this not just about Gordon Igesund and the players failing or succeeding, it's all about us giving our full support for a national project. Our national teams are national assets, they belong to all of us. So they should be managed on our behalf and in the best interest of our country.

      Dikotsi Ramakhera Petrus - 2012-07-02 09:27

      what a tough mandate, considering that the two coaches put Bafana Bafana at a difficult position, now Gordon should 'inherit' that, and will be judged with that included? I am starting to think that, there was no good reason not to choose Gordon, although they wanted Steve, so, steve was probably told to 'wait' a bit, because Gordon is expected to fail this mandate, then Steve will take over full time, no interview/assessment! Gordon will perform, that, we are sure of

  • bhekubaba.mawelela - 2012-07-01 22:46

    pls couch spain just made a toough game scoring..tell al players to score with total creativity.

  • frans.mosia - 2012-07-01 23:58

    Mr Igesund needs support not a warning.Its a tough job to coach a national team, obviously mr Igesund hopes to leave a legacy in South African football and does not need warnings.

      Francois - 2012-07-02 00:25

      not everyone in SAFA wanted to appoint him...he will meet a lot of resistance.

  • evans.selala - 2012-07-02 00:03

    Dats a threat...thy nva done ts 2 any coach mxm fuk safa..

  • Francois - 2012-07-02 00:23

    Problem with SA soccer that it's not really run by the SAFA...I blame the massive sponsorships for all the cash it brought in...that made the clubs rich and the players don't bother owners also has way to much say...I feel sorry for Gordon, he's on of the better coaches in SA but he will meet a lot of resistance in that job. I wish him all the best, he needs it.

  • springbokke - 2012-07-02 00:38

    F.S. now the warnings come...he's to classy an individual to be threatened like this...enough said. Remember his class from the old days as a player , clubs around such as Dbn. city , Cape Town cty, Dbn. Unt,. Addington, Highlands Park and so many more..... , Where stadiums were fulled for every league match......NOW, I'm going down memory lane...enjoy your day.

  • phoofolo.lebohang - 2012-07-02 05:19

    Thats nosense... every now and then Bafana should change coach, like an underwear! what about the management? They must also also be fired.

  • sbusiso.masango.100 - 2012-07-02 05:41

    What typ of wrk this 1 they give warning first dat nt a job ukuxhaphaza umbuso kanti wht wrng gomzansi/ abaphath bezwe ,bebhola konke kuyaxaka

  • andy.molekwa - 2012-07-02 06:30

    Who must be happy to our team?is the managment or is the natoin?im not saying the new coach is not good,sometimes he's goog for the managment not for the nation.\r\nWhat am saying is that Mosimane was the good coach to take our national team to the right posion,but when a little thing left to him to show up you take him off.\r\nOur team Bafan Bafana will never show up,because of changing coach like an underwear

  • andy.molekwa - 2012-07-02 06:30

    Who must be happy to our team?is the managment or is the natoin?im not saying the new coach is not good,sometimes he's goog for the managment not for the nation.\r\nWhat am saying is that Mosimane was the good coach to take our national team to the right posion,but when a little thing left to him to show up you take him off.\r\nOur team Bafan Bafana will never show up,because of changing coach like an underwear

  • clive.little.96 - 2012-07-02 07:45

    Raymond d Pickering there is no second best in our Country

  • diret2 - 2012-07-02 08:49

    I think Gordon is set up for failure really here how can you expect him to reach the two tournaments with this current squad we have , impossible highly.they gave Pitso a four year contract but he achieved nothing in the two years and he left Bafana Bafana in a huge mass that will take time to fix.SAFA lacks vision they should have taken a risk and promote some U/23 players eye 2018 as the goal to build on.Long term vision should be the goal here not the short term quick fix stuff they relevent is the SAFA technical committee input to these issues mmh? just wonder for me they dont exist.

  • patrick.ruiters.96 - 2012-07-02 09:11

    this is a crap mandate from SAFA asordon now has to deal with the crap they did... I say give the man a 5 year deal...

  • marc.grondein - 2012-07-02 09:15

    Unrealistic expectations it will take him at least two years to put the right structures in place and another two to build a winning team, He is an amazing coach but do not set him up to fail...............

  • James - 2012-07-02 09:29

    Gordon knows the terms. He is confident he can deliver otherwise he wouldn't take on the job. Good luck Gordon. Let's see some results.

  • comurray - 2012-07-02 10:18

    There is a huge problem for the coach in that he can get the players to the highest rankings however when the players are out on the field for a big game the team suddenly forgets everything they have been taught. The coach unfortunately has to sit on the side lines where he will hope and pray they will do their best. Unfortunately BB act like a bunch of morons in most of their games, enough said.

  • matvee111 - 2012-07-02 10:50

    DEAR SAFA our warning to u is if u screw this for'll remain the laughing stock in world football...the Bafana brand is already a joke...u gave this man 2yrs,he knows what's @ stake...let him fix Bafana

  • mouja.hakim - 2012-07-02 10:55

    SAFA is behaving like a normal football association, at long last. It must respect Gordon Igesund very much to have given him the low down on the job that way - perform or get fired. This happens with football coaches everywhere; it's just that S.A. was the exception for such a long time that we'd forgotten what it's all about. All the previous coaches, except Barker, seem to have taken the job very lightly. 'Anything goes' has been the mentality at work, as though the nation should accustom itself to eating crap. Now, apparently, times are changing. It's a case of people delivering quality again (it doesn't matter about the skin colour, quality is just quality.) Forza Igesund! You have a lot of people backing you.

  • tugwana.gwalagwala - 2012-07-02 11:21

    If Igesund can get this message; GO NOW! Even when Pitso failed to guide BB to qualify for Afcon, he was never fired. Albeit him getting a reported salary of +/-R800K /mnth, he went further to embarass us but Nematandani never gave him a warning. Who do they think they are fooling here? Pitso left BB in a mess which it took him two years to create, but Gordon is expected to do miracles. This foolish Nematandani and his cohorts must be warned themselves!!!!

  • Ingrid - 2012-07-02 13:12

    Well Gordon you are old like me, just think after two years you can retire with a healthy sum, just make sure it the same package as those two Brazilian moogies got.

  • vincent.s.cupido - 2012-07-02 16:08

    I tend to agree with most of you that this is indeed scare tactics against Gordon, and this is absolutely uncalled for this is a man who has turned teams around such that they are reckoned with nowadays as compared to previously, his credentials speaks for itself. With such scares made publicly the man might find it difficult to concentrate on doing his thing, as he will be too conscious and aware of what's o come if he loses games. But why are we surprised anyway, SAFA has shown us over these years what they are made up off, and I would have sent them to jump into the lake if I was Gordon, they are behaving as if they did Gordon a favour, I think Fikile must disband the current SAFA structure and let soccer be run by former well known and respected players of the game.

  • wandile.ncobela.3 - 2012-07-04 12:35

    ppl are posing stupid comments on these. In sport the majority of S.A felt the man is ryt for the job, so as the SAFA given him that to prove. We are behind him, no matter he is black or white as long ot a local trends. Pls ppl this has nothing to do with Race. Mr Igesund, i knw u will make us proud, irrespective of the critics that has already been brought up. We know you are capable. South Africa as a country believe in you, as much as SAFA.

  • stephanie.baloyi - 2012-07-10 12:11


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