Bafana Bafana

Igesund remains upbeat

2013-06-05 21:01
Gordon Igesund (File)
Johannesburg - Bafana Bafana head coach Gordon Igesund says he remains upbeat despite the disruptions ahead of the soccer team's crunch match against the Central African Republic (CAR) on Saturday.

Bafana's training plans were turned upside down on Tuesday when their connecting flight to Yaounde was unexpectedly cancelled.

The team could not proceed to its base camp, and missed out on the first training session on Wednesday. The team will now train twice, on Thursday and Friday, before the encounter on Saturday.

"Ideally, I would have liked to be on the training field today [Wednesday], but there is nothing we can do. We have to make the best of the situation," Igesund said in a statement on Wednesday.

"The good thing is that before we left, I told the players to be mentally strong and expect such disruptions.

"But, we should not take it to heart; we must just continue to be strong and know what task lies ahead."

The Bafana mentor believed the Lesotho international match, which Bafana won 2-0, had become an important factor, in the bigger scheme of things.

"Following that match, we now know what we have to do, and we will do the best we can in the remaining two days," Igesund said.

"The boys are professionals, and being at the end of the season their fitness levels are very high.

"Now it becomes even more important that we played the Lesotho match, because it gives us a lot of ideas on areas to work on," he Igesund.

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