Igesund pleased with Bafana

2012-09-08 13:29

Sao Paulo - While he was disappointed to have lost another couple of frontline players through injury, Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund was pleased with the team's first match under his charge.

Bafana held South American giants Brazil for 75 minutes in Sao Paulo on Friday night before Hulk scored the only goal of the match to give the hosts a 1-0 victory.

Debutant Dino Ndlovu was forced to leave the field with a dislocated shoulder, and veteran Benni McCarthy, who came on as a first-half substitute - his first appearance for the national team in over two years - was stretchered off after pulling a hamstring.

"I'm very disappointed about Benni's injury," Igesund said.

"He has been great in the camp and he's had a good attitude.

"It was unfortunate to lose two strikers in a matter of minutes, and we don't like sending players back to their clubs injured."

Igesund gave credit to a few of his players, including goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune who produced some blinding saves.

He was impressed, however, with the performance of the entire team, who took the game to Brazil and played attacking football, particularly in the second half.

"Khune kept us in the game with two very good saves," he said.

"I was happy with Bernard Parker when he came on, and (Thulani) Serero did well, but to be honest, I think everybody played well."

McCarthy had replaced Edward Manqele, who in turn had replaced Siyabonga Nomvethe in the original 25-man squad, but with a number of key strikers unavailable, Igesund felt their next friendly match, against Mozambique in Nelspruit on Tuesday, gave him a chance to look at a few more players.

He reiterated the need to experiment while they could in an effort to compile the best possible squad for the 2013 Africa Cup if Nations, which will be hosted by South Africa.

"I'm not really too concerned about these friendly games we're playing now," Igesund said.

"I'm just concerned about me being able to get the team right by the Africa Cup of Nations.

"Winning is not important. What is important is to do well, it's important to grow, it's important for players to feel pride when they put the jersey on, and technically for them to be aware of situations. They will get there."


  • kasper.mbayi2 - 2012-09-08 15:47

    Well done Bafana Bafana, we are very proud of you. Wishing you best in all games you still going to play. Khune you done all your best, without your confidence things would be worse.

  • floccino - 2012-09-08 18:40

    Khune i am proud of you when you are representing our country but not your team Chips', you did well. Well done bafana bafana.

  • mildred.pheeha - 2012-09-08 18:57

    No matter what score, for as long as Igesund is the Bafana coach, I am sorted for a very long time.

  • dumisani.thamaga - 2012-09-08 21:26

    Guys.U shud b proud of ur country's perfrmance and they way they hold brazil in the match.they ddnt hv enough time 2 get 2gether and 2 knw each other well.Igusond had 3 days 2 prepare the players unlike brazil who name their squad 2 weeks ago and had enough time to knw each othr.If I ws a citizen of brazil I would hv gave south africa a credit.Dnt forget that this ws the 1st match of the new bafana bafana squad.

  • reinie.brandt - 2012-09-09 10:04

    Well done bafana! This has been the first bafana game I have watched start to finish. I can see the players want to wear the jersey and take any team on. The passing was a bit scrapy and attack needs some young in your face blood. The defence was strong. If this team under gorden can carry on playing like this I might actually buy a bafana jersey! Best of luck gorden and team!

  • fidel.mgoqi - 2012-09-09 11:56

    In football, distinction is made between performance and the result. Bafana's performance needs to be commended and built upon. The result could have gone either way!

  • sfiso.dladla2 - 2012-09-09 14:18

    bafana is getting thr, however i personally think that thre is a leck of confidence in them cz whn they played against brazil,brazil was not on top of there game so bafana should of took that advantage. to me it was as if they were playing for a drow nt a win i understand that the coach whn out of options as players were getting injured. bt the coach said he main aim is to qualify for the 2013 afica cup of nations

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