Igesund to boost Bafana squad

2012-09-12 11:02

Nelspruit - New Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund has cast his net overseas in an effort to boost the national squad, suggesting that a couple of foreign players are set to change allegiance.

Striker Bernard Parker scored a brace as Bafana notched up a 2-0 win over Mozambique in Nelspruit on Tuesday for their first win with Igesund at the helm.

“There's a couple of players - I don't want to mention names - that are really playing at a very high level in Europe at the moment,” Igesund said after his team was cheered off the pitch at Mbombela Stadium.

“They were born here and never played [for South Africa]. They've represented those countries they're in now.

"Two of them have decided they want to play for South Africa, and one of them is an absolute world-class player from what I've seen.

“He will be introduced as soon as all his paperwork is done.”

South Africa next play Poland away on October 12 and Igesund was still considering his options after two matches in charge.

“Every game we play, we want to win the game, but you need to understand that I also need to have a look at certain players," he said.

Having given a few players chances against Brazil in Sao Paulo last week - where they went down in a 1-0 defeat - and Nelspruit, Igesund praised the performances of the youngsters in the side.

“I was able to play a lot of the young players - George Maluleka, May [Mahlangu], [Thulani] Serero and a few others - and I was able to mix the side up and have a good look," he said.

“I would have liked to give one or two other players a run but being an official international we could only make six substitutions [against Mozambique].

“Overall, I'm pleased. I do acknowledge we have a lot of work to do.”

The victory over Mozambique brought a positive end to a difficult period for Bafana after they had lost a hard-fought match against Brazil four days earlier.

“We travelled through five time zones and the players were tired," Igesund said.

“I didn't want to talk about this before the game because people would say I'm making excuses, but there's still lots of work to do.”


  • skhona.luswazi - 2012-09-12 11:40

    Thanks bring more white players pitso was a racist pig

      kgomotso.hlatshwayo - 2012-09-12 12:06

      Ok bra I have nothing against Pitso or Igesund please let not be no black and white recist sh#$% here, you need to understand that this is sports not politics and if you want to write such comments please find a Julius Malema article somewhere and do as you please with the rest of racist ppl. this a sports article bra and we talk soccer.

      skhona.luswazi - 2012-09-12 12:46

      Wow are you related to pitso my man? Sorry I didn't mean to offend your dad but he was useless coach

      luvo.luvos - 2012-09-12 13:21

      Ability, ability not race broer. Try other ways of buttlicking my friend. I believe the quotas were dropped some time ago by Mbalula. Now the coaches can select whoever they damn well want regardless of race.

      thandiwe.ngema.71 - 2012-09-12 14:12

      We need to get more young white players playing soccer, just like we need to get more young black players playing rugby and cricket. We are a talented nation with great sportsmen of all racial groups, so it would make sense to try and get as many people playing sport - imagine if AB de Villers had been a soccer player - he is such a great sportsman I think he could have played any sport!!

      djeloff - 2012-09-12 19:44

      The best players should be picked. And that is what Gordon Igesund is doing. A bright future for South African football! Starting with the AFCON next year, which I hope all would support and get out to watch some games.

  • ernest.buthelezi.3 - 2012-09-12 11:41

    Gordon Igesund, gives me hope and many other South Africans

  • mnjova - 2012-09-12 12:08

    Collect all the players that belong in South Africa and are willing to represent our country. Things are changing they know what is best for the country interms of attitude.

  • ztoefy - 2012-09-12 12:09

    wonder who these european footballers are that were born in South Africa...especially the "World Class" one. BTW Tshabalala needs to start from the bench...he's not the same player from the world cup.

      Fuzoluhle Nkosi - 2012-09-12 17:54

      dude he was just off form.. everybody knows Tshabalala's talent.

  • Matt Lloyd - 2012-09-12 12:18

    Well Done Boys!!!! Reneilwe played like a BOSS!!!! Furman controlled the midfield like a king , and Thulani can be way more influential.... Exciting time for Bafana, Khune sorry you missed out, you will always be our golden boy, Keet should be there as number 2..... Sport is universal no color here I am afraid... The best players play....

      zukisani.mkunqwana - 2012-09-13 20:20

      well said with the race part bra , sport is really a universal uniting thing .it is sad when people bring race into it, but ey!! ey!!! u can save ur anti Pirates sentiments, baba josephs is number 2, you can take your Khune and keet and go play in traffic. im sure u a Zebra chiefs fan

  • sonnench - 2012-09-12 12:37

    Hmm, wonder who the ''world class'' player is? The only two I could think of that he could be possibly talking about are Mark Gonzalez and Andrew Surman. Here's hoping it's both....

      paul.gellard.12 - 2012-09-13 16:53

      Gonzalez is not eligible for South Africa as he's already played competitive fixtures for Chile. A pity as he would've been a good addition to the squad in his day. Surman is a given, I think, and also Ricardo Nunes from MSK Zilinia.

  • vusi.hadebe.5 - 2012-09-12 12:52

    I was impressed by Furlan's control of the mid-field yesternight, he reminded me of Eric Tinkler.

  • Eric Mdudus Shaku - 2012-09-12 13:38

    This player Furman is a magic. Imagne him and Pienaar .he is a good ball holder,passer and good destroyer

  • mphetho - 2012-09-12 14:52

    Gorden Igusand ke Bhosso

  • reinie.brandt - 2012-09-12 15:14

    Another step in the right direction. The players are looking more confident and more self belief! There is a structure that has been put in place by Gorden and it is understood and followed by the players. Khune is playing well, furman brings alot of control and direction to the midfield. Attack is still a concern but Gorden will get it right!

  • Masixole Riovendo-rio Matshaya - 2012-09-12 19:17

    well, Furman is brilliant, i been waiting for such talent from a white S.Acan, , i love it when we show hope again and belief, brother to brother fight is normal, for what is worth and what is best for country damn S.Acans get together and no one can stop us...happy days will return, Satan (Santana) was there and we cursed him away now God-is-in (Gordons) blessed again.

  • virgilioc - 2012-09-12 20:05

    There should be a few more players in europe in countries like Portugal, Italy, Uk and Greece and it would benefit our team. BUT let them want to represent us South Africa!!! Not a contract for WC qualifiers and WC and then refuse to play again. Im a white South African and love my SA identity and culture ad these guys must want that too.

      sibusiso.ntshangase.7 - 2012-09-13 07:01

      you could'nt be more right man every player should to want to play for the national team. We hav'nt seen that in a long time in SA even our captian flatters to please when wearin the nation jersey he is not quite the same man that he is at everton i hope Gordon will change ths attitude in players

  • masenke.tlabo - 2012-09-12 21:46

    Mr gordon i only gratitude ur benevolenty and invigorate ur players is thats opportunity come fortuitous@

  • khathu.rasi - 2012-09-13 16:35

    Gordon Igesund is the Boss, He touches me with his way of doing things, weldone coach

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