Igesund backs rotation policy

2012-10-16 11:10

Johannesburg - Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund stands by his squad rotation strategy as he looks to tinker with his line-up for Tuesday's clash in Kenya.

In what was only his third match in charge, Igesund fielded a new-look starting XI for Friday night's 1-0 defeat in a international friendly with Poland.

The former Moroka Swallows boss has brought in several unknown overseas-based players, as well as called up local talent who've yet to be given an opportunity on the international scene.

Igesund is also looking to start midfielder Delron Buckley in Nairobi, the 34-year-old's recall to the national set-up after a four-year absence coming on the back of impressive performances for Maritzburg United this season.

"We are trying a number of combinations in preparations for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations tournament," said Igesund.

"We have 26 players in camp and some didn't play against Poland, so this will be their chance to also get a run.

"We have to juggle the squad around so that we have a clear picture when we name the final squad for the tournament

"We haven't started tactical work yet because the current idea is to watch as many players as possible. In the next three weeks or so I will be 70 percent certain of my final squad, but for now it is still a work in progress."

Meanwhile, the 56-year-old is confident South Africa can bounce back from their loss to the Poles in Warsaw, but insists the result was just a microcosm of a bigger picture.

Igesund added: "There is no pressure at all because we are in the preparatory phase. I would rather lose to Poland and Kenya, but do well in the Afcon."

South Africa host the African Cup of Nations tournament next year in January and February.


  • tony.naidoo - 2012-10-16 11:56

    Great policy, Gordon. Buffoona Buffoona are masters a rotation. They are quite adept at running rings around themselves!

      siphiwo.maurice - 2012-10-16 12:30

      Is this constructive Mr Naidoo?.........if it is then, I wish to see a selections from Maning Rangers as well, I mean, an indian playing soccer in my time here in Bafana.......the sun will come down....playing ladies games, yes, you can.

      tony.naidoo - 2012-10-16 12:58

      No Siphiwo, it is not constructive! I reserve the right to criticise the effort of our national team. This has nothing to do with colour, creed or religious pursuit. I am and have always been a Pirates supporter. I hope you now see yourself as a myopic, underinformed, jump-to-conclusions RACIST!

  • siphiwo.maurice - 2012-10-16 11:58

    SAFA or Igesund or whoever is interested in soccer, you can not keep on building every time a new coach takes over. Where is continuity in Bafana-Bafana? We cannot compete with countries in Europe and some we dodge in Africa. Look tonight as we play Kenya, we will win and then hooray to the Coach and the book is closed. This is disturbing indeed. There should be a properly managed development by a capable coach who will groom youngsters for tomorrow even if we do not see the light now, but knowing very well that, we are building for the future. We won't win anything as of now if we continue the way we handle our soccer.

  • thabani.dube.988 - 2012-10-16 12:13

    Mr. Gordon be mindful about this tinkering theory for South Africa is not blessed or awash with talent as other countries like Ghana and Nigeria not mentioning Brazil. A report says Brazil has 606 players in Europe's top leagues, and South Africa has less than 5 players in those leagues.

  • ryanadebola.jaiyeola - 2012-10-16 12:15

    I cant remember the last time we won away but I wish BB all the best. Kenya is a tough team to crack, West African teams have gone there to only get draws.. IMO, BB cant beat a West African team for "now". Stop rotation GI...

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