Igesund pleased with Bafana

2013-07-13 22:02

Johannesburg - Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund is happy with his side's performance after they advanced to the semi-finals of the Cosafa Cup after defeating Namibia 2-1 at the Nkoloma Stadium in Zambia on Saturday.

Two second half goals from Jabulani Shongwe and Hlompho Kekana were enough to see South Africa go through and will face either Zambia or Mozambique in the last four.

This was as good start for Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund after a disastrous preparation which saw several players pull out of the squad which travelled to Zambia.

"This game was very important to us because our preparation was not very ideal," said Igesund.

"We only had two training sessions here in Zambia but the boys did very well.

"It was tough out there and you could see that we needed to work together more because at times our game was disjointed -- reason being it was the first time this team played together.

"We are happy to be in the next round of this tournament, and with more hard work I believe we will get better as a team."

The experience of goalkeeper Wayne Sandilands, who was the captain, as well Hlompho Kekana, Lerato Chabangu and Mzikayise Mashaba helped the team on the day, while the duo of debutants Buhle Mkhwanazi and Tshepo Gumede were solid and played like seasoned campaigners.

Sibusiso Khumalo was substituted in the first half in a tactical move by Igesund, bringing on Ruzaigh Gamildien to add more numbers forward.

Not only did South Africa take control, Gamildien was also chosen Man of the Match.

Shongwe came on at the start of the second half for SA and made his mark just four minutes later, his powerful shot not stopped by the Namibia goalkeeper -- giving Bafana Bafana a one-nil lead.

Kekana's experience showed when he collected a ball at the edge of the opposition box to fire home a cracker of a two nil lead in the 71st minute.

Namibia was fortunate to be awarded a penalty after Shongwe was adjudged to have handled the ball in the penalty area.

Second-half substitute Willy Stephanus converted after a retake --Sandilands had saved the initial shot which was judged to have moved before the kick was taken.

But it was not enough to derail South Africa's mission to get into the next round.

In an effort to get more goals, Igesund brought on striker Katlego Mashego for the exhausted Chabangu, but the score line remained the same.

SA play their next match on Wednesday, July 17 at the Levy.


  • Bongs Ndlazi - 2013-07-13 23:42

    Good score for now but.......

      Kabai Dephrey Moshidi - 2013-07-14 10:41

      Wa re seleka

  • Emmah Lovergirl - 2013-07-14 00:49

    m so hapi guys,letshware fela jalo.leka wednesday i wish u luck

  • William Goldstone - 2013-07-14 06:20

    If Gordon wishes to build a solid 2018 team, drop all the daisies in the current team - Tshabalala and co - find a balanced non race representative team! get tough please, stop pleading!

  • Kalahari Kgalagadi Safaris - 2013-07-14 06:57

    You get paid a lot to be pleased with bafana loosers

      Kabai Dephrey Moshidi - 2013-07-14 10:40

      Wa re seleka

      Lawrence Mudau - 2013-07-14 13:18

      @Kalahari Kgalagadi Safaris, Be positive and stop living in the negative environment.

  • Johannes Stephanus de Villiers - 2013-07-14 07:13

    We are also pleased for now ...

      Kabai Dephrey Moshidi - 2013-07-14 10:40

      Wa re seleka

      Delano Mr-Cool Dilon - 2013-07-15 15:26

      Wa re seleka@johannes lol dead by kabai

  • Sello Motlogeloa - 2013-07-14 07:32

    Gordon there is the team for the nation that we always yearned for. Those guys are perfect combination with the winning formula. Stick with them. Proud of you boys.

  • Steven Trollip - 2013-07-14 07:57

    mmmmm And soon they will ask for an increase!!! ;-))

      Kabai Dephrey Moshidi - 2013-07-14 10:39

      Wa re seleka

      Lawrence Mudau - 2013-07-14 13:20

      @Kabai Dephrey Moshidi, are you programmed to say "Wa re seleka" in every comment you come across?

  • Delano Mr-Cool Dilon - 2013-07-14 10:26

    in Gordon Igesund we Believe, i hope Tshabalala was watching! and must then retire from international football

      Lawrence Mudau - 2013-07-14 13:21

      @Delano Mr-Cool Dilon, Tshabalala must retire indeed.

  • Asisipho Kiva - 2013-07-14 10:39

    Congrats bafana...I wonder wat poor bobby will say abt diz results..4 sure he must be ashamed

      Lawrence Mudau - 2013-07-14 13:22

      Bobby is not somebody who can contribute anything positive to this planet. He is just an embarrassment to his father.

  • Jones Malwela Mosima - 2013-07-14 12:05

    Those people who refused to release their players to Bafana,have helped us to spot who were rotten potato's in our Squad.

      Matt Le Roux - 2013-07-14 16:48

      Were good point, this gave GI a great opportunity to see other, younger players perform on the intentional level.

  • Jt Goba - 2013-07-14 12:23

    Good work coach

  • Seun Khesa - 2013-07-14 15:28

    Even if we won't make it to d finals....point is..... we building quality and competition in our bosses who don't want their players to form part of BB should know for some of their star players to be bought overseas, those players need to have national denying them call ups is more like delaying pounds, dollars and international experience in the future.....

  • Clive Marz - 2013-07-15 22:26

    Ag man the fact that there are NO Capetonians in the side will ALWAYS be my sore pointas these are the ones with some more imaginative type of Football than most of them currently in the squad!! Why did coach not try out some of the u20 sides players....or must they be older??????

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