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Igesund: I'm disappointed

2013-01-09 07:36

Cape Town - South Africa fans showed their disappointment in a 1-0 friendly loss to Norway on Tuesday as coach Gordon Igesund races to get the host's new and inexperienced team ready for the African Cup of Nations.

Some supporters were calling for Igesund to substitute players as early as the first half at Cape Town Stadium after Norway captain Tarik Elyounoussi cut across two defenders to fire home the winner in the 41st minute for the understrength visitors.

South Africa has lost two of its last three warm-up games and has just one more friendly before it kicks off the continental championship in less than two weeks.

Video highlights: South Africa v Norway

It wasted a bunch of chances against a Norway team made up of only home-based players, with striker Katlego Mphela, fellow forward Tokelo Rantie, midfielder Thuso Phala and substitute Thulani Serero all missing good opportunities.

The fans were more positive in their support at the end as Bafana Bafana attacked gamely, but the inexperienced home team lacked the composure to convert its dominance and looked a shadow of the team that battled bravely to the brink of the last 16 at its home World Cup nearly three years ago under Brazilian Carlos Alberto Parreira.

"Obviously I'm disappointed," Igesund said, "because I thought today(Tuesday) we really played well. We created a lot of chances. I can see we're improving. There's still work to do ... we'll get that right before the first game (of the African Cup)."

Amid a match-fixing scandal relating to 2010 Soccer World Cup warm-up games that has seen figures from the South African Football Association, including its president, suspended and then reinstated, and with a detailed investigation now planned, South Africa's uncertain and at times naive form on the pitch is causing most concern for the home fans ahead of the African championship.

Reinstated SAFA president Kirsten Nematandani watched on at the stadium as Rantie missed the best opening with six minutes of regulation to go when he blazed his shot over the bar from in front after a perfect pullback from fit-again Ajax midfielder Serero on the right.

Earlier, Mphela turned cleverly to beat his marker in the 16th minute but had a shot blocked by the legs of goalkeeper Rune Almenning. The hardworking Phala then threatened down the right wing and his dangerous low cross fell to Reneilwe Letsholonyane, who couldn't force the ball through a group of defenders.

Norway's lone clear chance before the goal was when Bjorn Helge Riise's long-range drive was scrambled away by Itumeleng Khune.

Elyounoussi made the wasteful home team pay just before the break. As defenders backed off him, he cut across the penalty area, made room for himself and hit a left-foot shot past Khune for the deciding goal.

South Africa pushed forward for almost all the second half in front of around 35 000 at the former World Cup stadium. Rantie couldn't beat Almenning when one-on-one in the 54th and Rantie missed the follow-up.

Serero had another golden chance in the last 10 minutes but his shot was deflected away. A minute later Rantie fired high with Almenning finally out of position and beaten.

"The important thing is that we must learn from our mistakes and take it forward," new midfielder Phala, South Africa's best player, said. "We created a lot of chances. It's better than nothing."

South Africa plays Algeria in Johannesburg on Saturday before opening the African Cup at Soccer City on January 19 against dangerous tournament first-timer Cape Verde, which eliminated Cameroon in qualifying.

AP

Comments
  • chrisin.oz.1 - 2013-01-09 07:42

    Seriaaas!!?? Did you honestly expect to win?

      RedForman101 - 2013-01-09 08:11

      Igesund you will get over it, we all have a long time ago.

      lionel.armstrong.77 - 2013-01-09 10:25

      whatever...face it, anyone who coaches the national soccer team only does it because there is a truck load of money involved!

  • bella.marx.5 - 2013-01-09 07:43

    Match Fixing........? LMAO!!!!!! I'm sure everyone involved got a goooooood cut of the pie.

      jrheeder - 2013-01-09 08:13

      SAFA = Band of thieves. Considering this is the most popular sport amongst South Africans, it's surprising to see what dross they produces when compared to our other teamsports.

  • ernest.raats - 2013-01-09 07:52

    Hahahahahahahahajahahahaha funny

  • julie.j.vanrensburg - 2013-01-09 07:56

    Hate to say it, but despite all the hype about the national team, Bafana, they are definitely NOT world-class - in fact, I tend to think that clubs like Swallows, Chiefs, Pirates, etc are of a far higher standard than the much-hyped-up Bafanas. Look, I'm not a soccer fan, but once in a while I do watch a game and these club players give me the impression that they are far more dedicated and polished... Or is it just my imagination? I mean - during the SWC the much-lauded Bafana were expected to at least win a few games, but what happened - blown out in the opening round.......... I rest my case....

      sammyserame.galeboe - 2013-01-09 08:13

      Julie,since u not a soccer fan let me enlighten u on this,even if u can have ol de best players at your disposal wen this thing lacks chances are u will suffer(the right combination)now games like the one u watched last nite they're there for such reason,4 de coach to get de right combination,Spain's not number one by mistake as they were much fortunate to boost their squad with most players from a single team(Barcelona) so in that way u have lesser stress with your combination as the guys understand each ada from team level,so if Bafana was atleast in that region then we wud be singing a different tune!!!!

  • lovell.trevor - 2013-01-09 08:01

    "The important thing is that we must learn from our mistakes and take it forward," new midfielder Phala, South Africa's best player, said. "We created a lot of chances. It's better than nothing." How many times have I heard that?It isn't better than nothing, because it is still nothing. We lost! I swear we should change our names to mediocre-mediocre

  • dean.pinto.71 - 2013-01-09 08:05

    Clear lack of genuine class players . Bafana have to discover some players with individual flair and skills to compliment the team work and effort there is at the moment.

  • nmunyai - 2013-01-09 08:12

    Give igesund a chance... Too soon to complain....

      Sheilan.Clarke - 2013-01-09 08:24

      Ja. He was handed a pile of mud. It's gonna take a while for something good to come out of it.

  • paul.john.790256q - 2013-01-09 08:15

    The Bafana strikers can't kick a ball with any power towards goal. I sat in the ct stadium thinking that I could be a better striker and kick the ball on target and with power. Then there is the other issue of the Bafana team being made up of Midgets. They are tiny, slow and lack ball skills. I am just glad that Norway was not a better team

  • wiseman.mabusela - 2013-01-09 08:18

    i really think the national team played well last night, the team is taking shape. I am confident that Gordon is the man for the job, i mean for the first time in a long time i can see we are going somewhere. We need to work on our finishing, if we had a deadly striker we would have won yesterday's game. Keep up the good work coach, we are fully behind you!!!

      profLebza - 2013-01-09 09:14

      You r a wise man indeed. I loved every second Bafana spent on the ball. Thuso Phala gave us a great display of the real Mzansi football.

  • sammyserame.galeboe - 2013-01-09 08:22

    Must say the boys played well whereas I wud hav loved to see them crash Norway,en to all Bafana critics who where questioning the selection of Thuso Phala,Masilela en Serero,what can u say for yoselfs now?if ur not impressed by the class they showed last nite then do know that ur a moegoe,en coach plz we hav one last game to test the waters so utilize that chance wisely as we want to see ol de guys given a fair chance b4 Afcon kicks-off!!!!

  • Mamushcka_ - 2013-01-09 08:22

    Bring back Nematandani_ and we'd win all the coming matches... #Fact

      msika.bopha.9 - 2013-01-09 08:41

      Nematandani is back you idiot.

      sicelo.brukwe.9 - 2013-01-09 10:24

      Nog 'n ana skelm!

      sammyserame.galeboe - 2013-01-09 16:49

      U realy are an idiot man,how on earth is Nematandani gona help the boys to win,u know my man,wen u talk about any SAFA administration u make me sick coz they're the reason why we r in this mess to start with!!!!jezzzz

  • Shamzewaduhaha - 2013-01-09 08:25

    Obviously I'm disappointed, Igesund said, because I thought today(Tuesday) we really played well. We created a lot of chances. I can see we're improving. There's still work to do ... we'll get that right before the first game (of the African Cup). Only left with one warm up match

  • Spha - 2013-01-09 08:29

    once u get used to it.it wont hurt so bad,shame poor Gordon.

  • damonsb - 2013-01-09 08:29

    Bafana is the best team in the world

      Trevor - 2013-01-09 10:48

      Dream world

      trevorbklein - 2013-01-09 14:35

      Dream Team lol lol.

  • michael.power.9 - 2013-01-09 08:33

    I thought they played really well, desperately short of a world class striker but you can see the coaching paying off with a more structured approach. Also great crowd from all walks of life made me proud to be south african!

      Sydney Mkansi - 2013-01-09 09:01

      let hope something better will come out in the afcon

  • sicelo.brukwe.9 - 2013-01-09 08:36

    Gordon have you got something personal against Dain Klate because at the moment he is the best winger in South Africa and I am as disappointed as you on your strikers who seems not to know what to do infront of the poles or maybe we overate them!!

      profLebza - 2013-01-09 09:17

      He's only good at Pirates and not when he's playing in our national team, remember that GI had time to asses these players and m pretty sure the squad we have came out tops in training.

      sicelo.brukwe.9 - 2013-01-09 10:20

      Yes Tebza I agree with you assesed players and I think on the assesment you don't qualify because of your past performance but on your current form. For instance Tshabalala has not performed on his best since he score that goal on the world cup, Mphela has been delaying easy scoring opportunities infront of the goals, easy goals beaten Kune for several occasions and our midfield has been playing as an individuals and not as a unity and I gues that according to you we have to rejoice over that. On the supporters point of view there's no friendly game when we watch our favourate sides!!

      trevorbklein - 2013-01-09 14:37

      Kindergarden kids would have done better!!!!!

  • amdazuka - 2013-01-09 08:37

    Gordon igesund a white version of Pitso musimane...at d sametym i think pitso would have killed Norway

      trevorbklein - 2013-01-09 14:38

      You cannot coach a player to score goals. They either have it or they don't. Bunch of no hopers. Powder puff "strikers".

      Lazialenato - 2013-01-09 17:53

      You have a very short memory my friend! Remember the debacle when Bafana played for a draw against opposition ranked at least a hundred places below them thinking they had qualified, AT HOME nogaal! Pitso was the coach then, and if you cannot score 4/5 goals against opposition like that.......Pitso should have been fired there and then! Bafana under Gordon, besides their woeful finishing at least have structure, so reflect a little bit before you open your mouth! PITSO.... No thanks!!

  • tembinkosi.mhlakulo - 2013-01-09 08:38

    I salute Gordon Igusond for a job well done last, yes we didn't win but we hv achieved what we were expecting out of that game. The team played excellent from the word go I mean look at the ball position! Yes we need goals, watch ths team come the openning game of Afcon you will see... Yes I believe in Bafana bafana and Gordon Igusond!

      trevorbklein - 2013-01-09 14:40

      How did they expect to get into the Afcon competition unless it was hosted by SA.

  • kevin.day.7370 - 2013-01-09 08:39

    Well done to those who can still make positive comments, it's always good to look for on the bright side. But let's be realistic, Bafana are now somewhere near 87th in the world rankings, have been going backwards for at least the last 5 years, and no-one seems worried that SAB/Castle Lager might at some stage give up the sponsorship. Some serious work needs to be done here........

  • grenville.felton - 2013-01-09 08:41

    SAME OLD SAME OLD, cant score goal not enough focus and dedication by bufunny bufunny.Cant play under pressure, numerous chances of scoring goals thrown away because they dont know what to do Afcon bye bye should never have been there first of all, thanks to SAFA for buying the right and giveing the bufunny bufunny automatic entry big price to pay for nothing. one of the reasons our guys are paid to much money for what they do they need overseas experience BUT no why play in Europe when some earn 100K a month. fire the lot useless bunch of overpaid over rated show boaters

      keithpatkell - 2013-01-09 10:50

      Ditto, ditto, ditto...OPEN goal opportunities RIGHT in front of the sticks...but they get so over excited they forget what to do with the ball? Amateurish! Then the goal that Elyounoussi scored was ridiculous... I mean, he had time to turn on the ball, stroll ACROSS the middle defense, make a cup of tea...and THEN pop the ball past a hapless keeper! Schoolboy footie, that's what it was...schoolboy...!

  • msika.bopha.9 - 2013-01-09 08:50

    We don't have natural born strikers, nothing will ever workout for us...Against malawi the other day we only managed to score 3 goals out of a possible 10, yesterday we score none out of a possible 5 or so. They miss clear cut chances that even my late granny (may her soul rest in peace) would have burried.

  • neil.thoresen - 2013-01-09 08:50

    if Igesund considers the performance last night as a good one, then he is in for a rude awakening in the AFCON!! We were slow in our build up and played without imagination in midfield and lacked a cutting edge upfront. Lots of work to do!!!!

  • Rayale26 - 2013-01-09 09:01

    the only comment that comes to mind is useless. Inept and devoid of any game plan. Any team that remotely resembles the All Blacks and cannot do the Haka are surely doomed for disaster.

  • Rayale26 - 2013-01-09 09:03

    Bafana, useless inept and devoid of any game plan. Ant team remotely resembling the All Blacks that cannot do the Haka is doomed for desaster.

  • kgabo.patrick.7 - 2013-01-09 09:06

    Dear Mr GORDON,i like to give u my tips before its too late:1-well done for last night game,2-and well in advance for saturday game,3-then resign to avoid more stres,4-lastly go back to swallows before it sink in the river. in name of SOCCER

  • teddy.beer.319 - 2013-01-09 09:22

    Gordon let me remind you. Pitso's record on 16 games in charge was 6 wins, 7 draws and 3 losses. You have already matched the 'losses' tally just a few hours in what now looks like a long dark day with this team. I don't think you will survive AFCON. This is not club football morena!

  • godwin.uanaga - 2013-01-09 09:30

    hahaha, before the evil men do live after them but now the evil live before them,tell me how you expect BAFANA or banana BAFANA to win a match after all the match fixing,believe me they will never win a match unless is fixed because the spirit of match fixing is upon them thanks to DEVIL the man who knows how to fix match is back in his SAFA house may be they will start winning again but sorry not in AFCON WE (NIGERIA) will bet the DEVIL and SPIRIT of match fixing out of you guys if we meet result 8-0

  • godwin.uanaga - 2013-01-09 09:30

    hahaha, before the evil men do live after them but now the evil live before them,tell me how you expect BAFANA or banana BAFANA to win a match after all the match fixing,believe me they will never win a match unless is fixed because the spirit of match fixing is upon them thanks to DEVIL the man who knows how to fix match is back in his SAFA house may be they will start winning again but sorry not in AFCON WE (NIGERIA) will bet the DEVIL and SPIRIT of match fixing out of you guys if we meet result 8-0

  • godwin.uanaga - 2013-01-09 09:30

    hahaha, before the evil men do live after them but now the evil live before them,tell me how you expect BAFANA or banana BAFANA to win a match after all the match fixing,believe me they will never win a match unless is fixed because the spirit of match fixing is upon them thanks to DEVIL the man who knows how to fix match is back in his SAFA house may be they will start winning again but sorry not in AFCON WE (NIGERIA) will bet the DEVIL and SPIRIT of match fixing out of you guys if we meet result 8-0

      sammyserame.galeboe - 2013-01-09 16:31

      How pathetic for u to say that man,support your lousy outdated Nigerian Team en Leave Bafana Bafana to us en the fixing scandal is just a speculation not a fact,we need the boys en the Nation to focus on positives not tha sh*t u saying bra..

  • wandi.linda - 2013-01-09 09:35

    Ever since Bafana wears Puma they have became losers

  • warren.ltm - 2013-01-09 09:38

    Bafana is like Liverpool without Suarez... great build up but no goals. Igesund is on the right track though, but he needs a striker.

      lybon1 - 2013-01-09 10:32

      Hahahaha......we have sturridge now....,maybe things will change

  • DuToitCoetzee - 2013-01-09 09:39

    Not being the best informed in soccer, but enjoying it (coming from a rugby and cricket background) I feel that i saw future possibilities. Being a patriotic South African I refuse to give up on them. Yes, I do not have the knowledge to pick out certain issues and therefore look at it with comparing the complete play to other teams. We(rugby) also have a time when we suffer to improve (ok, not as long as soccer) and therefore I will wish Ingesund and the team all the best. You guys must bite the bullet and become a unit like the Chiefs, Swallows, Pirates etc.... Look at my beloved Free State. (see, I am used to suffering. lol.) They never give up. Good luck to our team and our coach.

  • clint.j.smith.14 - 2013-01-09 09:41

    stopped watching after the first half,what a pathetic performance,same old selfish soccer,learn to pass and SHOOT!!!!!!!!,goals win games not chances,please please shove the stats up ur a.s!!!!!!Kaizer Cheifs plays better as a unit that our USELESS team,look and learn Mr Igesund,Play your game not SAFA game!!!!!!!!!!!

  • pitso.dlungwana - 2013-01-09 09:44

    if you disappointed Mr Igusund what abot us?

  • Mbuyi Mabuya Maphalala - 2013-01-09 10:20

    If they didn't squander the goal scoring chances they had, we would have easily won the game by more than five goals, composure in front of goals is all that they need. I see a bright start to the AFCON, we are fully behind you Gordon

  • shengeboy - 2013-01-09 10:57

    at least it was not a match fixing.bafana did what they do best*loose*

  • steven.k.stroker - 2013-01-09 11:27

    Only God Can Save Bafana They Are Born Losers.Cant Even Win A Game Thats Fixed.

  • papi.lekwene - 2013-01-09 12:20

    We should really give Gordon a break, the man is barely 6 months into the job and all we ought to do is support him and the team. Gordon can't teach our players how to score goals. Chances or half chances should be barried at international level. Its well documented how poorly developed our players are with getting the ball in the back of the net. Therefore it is not Gordon or Pitso's problem but the system that has been used to prepare the players for professional football. We are just not good finishers in South Africa, we lack the killer instict, its a national problem and not a Bafana problem. We really need to use this time we have to support the coach and the entire team and address the ailings of South African football in the long run. This Bafana team is a decent side, they just need to intensify their game in the last attacking third of the pitch, in other words become good decision makers with the Ball and be more clinical infront of goal. Gordon cannot teach the guys decision making with or without the ball because this is international football, there is just no time for such lessons. Time alocated for such lessons is at development level. Lets give the Coach all the support he can get, he is a South African, patriotic and only wants what is best for Bafana.

  • sammyserame.galeboe - 2013-01-09 12:27

    What we witnessed lastnite with Capetown supporters was true reflection of a Rainbow nation supporting Bafana Bafana en I'm realy happy to see that coloured en white people came out in numbers to rally behind the boys en we can only be united as S.A.To all u Bafana Bafana critics I hope u saw that S.A still believes in Bafana Bafana,once again Cape tonians we proud of you!!!!!!

  • MUFHENI - 2013-01-09 12:32

    Until when my bradas n sistas will Our boys be ready? Al i hear is theres stil lot of work to be done until when,coach, wil we enjoy our boys playing theis own Mzansi style?let us be fair,BAFANA BAFANA MUST BE DISSOLVED,NEM NAME FO OUR SQUAD MUST BE 1ST THING TO CHANGE,THEN NEW freshboys frm homelands must be elected! Cos bafanabafana boys ar rich!they careless,SAFA GIVE MONEY TO HOMELANDS HUNGRY BOYS U WIL C AN IRON Squad!

  • steven.crofton - 2013-01-09 15:09

    I think the guys passed, kept possession and built up really well, but why can't our strikers strike????? I hate to say it, but I'd put a fat and unfit Benni on for 30 minutes a game, because at least for those 30 minutes we'll have a chance of scoring. Sorry, but he's STILL the only striker we have who doesn't freeze in front of goal at international level. All the others regularly miss sitters, and then jog back shaking their heads as if to say, "I always score those! I can't believe I missed it! It was a freak accident that I missed!" And then they miss the next one, and this has been going on for YEARS! I honestly can't understand why. If we can learn to score again we'll shoot back up the world rankings, because we DO have the talent.

  • derek.cooper.9250 - 2013-01-09 16:25

    Perhaps we need affirmative action i.e. "quotas"?

  • sihle.zondie - 2013-01-09 20:32

    I believe we have a new Aaron Mokoena in our midst,Bongani Khumalo,yet again,makes a mistake that results in a goal.

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