Igesund 'deserves' Bafana job

2012-06-11 07:46

Johannesburg - Former South Africa star Matthew Booth believes Gordon Igesund should have been given the national coaching reins ages ago.

Igesund, the PSL Coach of the Year, is a frontrunner to succeed Bafana Bafana boss Pitso Mosimane, who was axed on Monday night.

The Moroka Swallows mentor faces competition from caretaker tactician Steve Komphela, SuperSport United's Gavin Hunt, national U-23 manager Shakes Mashaba and Thanda Royal Zulu coach Neil Tovey.

"If I were a coach, I wouldn't get excited, but looking at the shortlisted five, they are good coaches I believe," Booth told

"Statistically, Shakes has a better record as coach of the national team, the Under-23 and Bafana. Gavin Hunt's coaching abilities and record also speak volumes.

"The current caretaker coach (Komphela) is also not a bad option, but for me Gordon Igesund should have been given this job a long time ago."


  • wayne.nkuna - 2012-06-11 08:07

    very true, unfotunatly SAfA is run by idiots, and they are all friends, its pretty obvias that they will give Khompela instead of Gorden. pure stupidity again. its like a tender (BEE)

      dhirshan.gobind - 2012-06-11 08:29

      please hire gordon else we will only ever win the dancing world cup . . .

      Alan - 2012-06-11 09:44

      The real key to success is the dedication of the team. We have better facilities than any other team in Africa, yet we cannot beat ones ranked far lower than us.. Soccer demands intensive physical training; it is hard work. Just ask anyone who has played in the European leagues. Massive dawn-to-dusk training schedules - massively hard work is involved. Do our guys want to swan around like local heroes or are they prepared to put in the really hard yards? That is the question. Maybe someone like Igesund would inspire a whole new work ethic, but he cannot do it alone.

      ditantane.kganakga - 2012-06-11 11:10

      i support Gorden for this job, but what's this crap about BEE do you ever watch SA soccer

  • david.diego.14 - 2012-06-11 08:21

    Booth ur 100% right Gordon must have given this position long time ago before this useles Pitso!!

      Koos - 2012-06-11 10:46

      Does Bafana deserve Gordon?

  • Emmanuel - 2012-06-11 08:28

    Booth no other truth than that one......Kompela must make way for Gordon.

      christian.manzi.5 - 2012-06-11 09:56

      Igesund must be given a chance too though keeping Kompela in the staff will alos be a good move.

  • wayne.nkuna - 2012-06-11 08:48

    Joze__BEE doesnt bennefit majority , its self inrichment for who is who in politics, i was just making an Examplle on that note. i dont want to go into south african politics,its too messy, thats for another topic, i'm willing to bet that Gorden will not get the job in all cases..........

  • tshepo.mogamisi - 2012-06-11 08:48

    Not now. Let the world cup qualifications end first so that Igesund can rebuild the team. If the team fails to qualify for the world cup, he will be blamed and then given the boot.

      Jerome - 2012-06-11 09:06

      I totally agree with you, lets give Mr Igesund the job after bafana dont make it to 2014, so that he can bring a new dimension of play and thinking in the team.

  • moshebankx.khoza - 2012-06-11 08:49

    True dat Booth,u said nthng bt da truth Gordon 4 Bafana assited by khompela

  • Michaele - 2012-06-11 08:49

    All talk about coaches and coaching, get some decent players and then the difference in the results will be seen!!!!1

  • Gert - 2012-06-11 09:13

    But what will he have to look forward too. At the moment it looks as if Brazil 2014 is just a pipe dream and by the time the the new coach gets involved Bafana's chances of qualifying for the tournament might be over. So his only prospects will be the 2013 AFCON, that will be right at the start of his tenure. After that, nothing else.

      Arthur - 2012-06-11 10:12

      @ Bloues , there four more qualifiers left which will only be played next year starting in March. So before that he has a good number of games to get the squad right he can use the AFCON is a trial run. Its going to be tough but we have to win all remaining matches.

  • seganana - 2012-06-11 09:22

    If it is true that SAFA had employed the services of a traditional doctor, who only got recently paid and who claimed that he had worked his magic such that Bafana experience a losing streak, we (South Africans) need to do the right thing, otherwise we kick Pitso now and put in Dordon, only for Gordon's stellar performance to be unfairly rubbished. I second the thought that we wait for the World Cup qualifiers to end under Steve, then take it from there.

      tshepoya.bamagoro - 2012-06-11 11:08

      When will SAFA pay up the Sangoma who locked Bafana Bafana 's victories in a bottle?

  • marius.potgieter.39 - 2012-06-11 09:48

    No coach can save this team !! 2 words for this team 'useless' and a 'joke'...

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