Igesund calls for patience

2013-01-04 14:14

Johannesburg - Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund has urged South African fans not to read too much into their upcoming results against Norway and Algeria.

According to the website, the national team take on Norway in Cape Town on Tuesday and then meet Algeria in Johannesburg on January 12, their final warm-up matches before the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.

It presents too tough challenges for Bafana and, perhaps mindful of the negative mindset among many fans to the national team, Igesund says two defeats should not cause alarm.

“Results are always important because they breed confidence, but I might not play our strongest team in either game as we are still looking at what combinations will work best for us,” Igesund says. “So it is not going to be a train-smash if we draw or lose, it will not be the end of the world. To me, the only result that really matters is the one on the 19th against Cape Verde.”

Igesund reiterates that there is likely to be plenty of experimentation in his starting line-ups for the two matches.

“I need to know my players inside out, so that when I need someone to change a game situation for me, I know who to call on. I need to know everything about my squad before the Nations Cup so that when we are in the heat of battle, we can make the right decisions.

“These two games will give me the opportunity to do that.”


  • hangwi.maphanda - 2013-01-04 14:23

    so you are scared hey? hw cn we nt jugde on dis two games wen you told us urself after de last game dat you hv a team

      ayanda.d.sokhela - 2013-01-04 15:19

      And what do you know? Makhanda ndini! Point is we should be supporting this side no matter how mediocre they may be.

      jmokgotlhoa - 2013-01-05 07:06

      You are correct maphanda. How can we be confident in the team if the coach himself is not? The squad that Gordon himself has assembled is supposedly "the cream of the country", so we must win these games, before afcon. No excuses please!

  • sicelo.brukwe.9 - 2013-01-04 14:51

    We waiting patiently Gordon but we will comment if we find an article on the media and please don't feel bothered!!

  • nyakanyaka.nyakanyaka - 2013-01-04 15:06

    What patience when the country is expecting fireworks in this competition? We need wins not draws or anythin, go n take the trophy or resign, u scared aka master tectician.

  • nathan.dube.9 - 2013-01-04 15:30

    Igesung, time for experiments is over, by now you should have known your best players. This only shows that you have already known the disaster which is coming ahead.

  • bbooyse - 2013-01-04 15:47

    I'm looking forward to see the games -- for the first since we won the last Afican Cup of Nations ..

  • phindile.zina - 2013-01-04 16:14

    We must not read too much in the next two games he must not forget his mandate is to reach the semis. I can't believe he's still trying different combinations, he's a local coach for heavens sake, he must remember that if he lose his work after AFCON, those games that he claims ain't important will be counted when he's no longer the coach of the national team, It won't be a good record for him.

      Promise Dube - 2013-01-04 22:11

      Spot on Phindile,every game counts so he nst stop wt diz silly n childish excuses,we r no longa on da learning curve.BB z going dwn on rankings n he cakls fo patience,patience my foot maaan!

  • joseph.mthembu - 2013-01-04 16:21

    A win to all matches will prove the best of SA football..

  • maswazi.sifundza - 2013-01-04 16:41

    We know Gordon nd we understand even after your early exit we will understand as you selected your luckiest players.

  • Trevor - 2013-01-04 19:45

    Patience for what?

  • frans.vanderpoll - 2013-01-04 20:46

    I see the coach is already making excuses for the two losses before Afcon 2013. Oh and will these friendlies be broadcast on SABC? I think it will but they're not prepared to broadcast the test match cricket.

      jmokgotlhoa - 2013-01-05 08:00

      Dividing the 50million people from StatSA census by 5 gives me 10million families that a have a TV set. Allowing that halve of them don't pay their TV licences for various reasons still gives me 5mil. Multiplied by R250 we have over R1,2Billion for SABC per year. And still they will not broadcast the Proteas (No.1 in the world) playing at home! I did not mention revenue from advertising and grants from government.

  • Promise Dube - 2013-01-04 22:15

    Ada tims r done wt experiments n knw who da 1st 11 z n u tel ys abt patience,wt patience wt a few days b4 kick off?Get yo act togeda or walk out thru da door u came in with.Its time to win every game n stop excuses GI.

      jmokgotlhoa - 2013-01-05 08:04

      Are you commenting from a cellphone? It takes me long to read your shorthand, and even longer to understand it.

  • dumisani.thamaga - 2013-01-04 23:12

    Guys the Idea of Mr I.G is 2 mk sure that the players ar nt injured b4 the strt of the tournament. Use ur logic.

  • steven.k.stroker - 2013-01-05 05:37

    Jeez How Many experiments Do U Need Dude!!U Make Excuses After U Lose.Not B4 U Play A Match.SMH

  • Mandy Casey - 2013-01-05 07:25

    Cape Verde is just a volcanic rock in the ocean, population tiny.

  • mandlo.shabalala - 2013-01-08 16:00

    coach we need positive result to boost the moral in the camp , what's wrong with your thinking ?

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