Igesund to identify SA's style

2012-07-09 12:52

Johannesburg - New Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund is adamant the national team will play an exciting brand of football with him in charge.

Igesund was appointed as Pitso Mosimane's successor last month, but has been accused of enforcing 'skop and donner' styled football over the years.

However, the coach believes his tactics have been misinterpreted, and says he has only ever played to the strengths of the players at his disposal during his tenure as a coach.

"Unfortunately people have said over the years that 'Gordon plays skop and donner football' and according to them that's how I won the league championships, but to be fair I have always played to the strength of my players," Igesund, who has earned four PSL titles with four different teams, told Football411.

So what can we expect from the South African national team with the former Moroka Swallows boss in charge?

"We need to play a little differently from the past years. We must identify a style of play for South African football," he said.

"We got into a situation, using Carlos Alberto Parreira as an example, and he wanted to play the Brazilian style of football without wingers and using the full-backs to attack. But we haven't got those type of players. We don't have the players Brazil have got so we've got to play to our strengths; we have to go wide.

"I think our strength is keeping possession, so any type of system you use you've got to keep possession. We need to get wide and attack, not sit back and play counter-attack football. We have to identify our style and stick to it. We can't keep changing."

Bafana had been on a dour run of results prior to former coach Mosimane's sacking, but the 56-year-old Igesund is confident he can turn around the fortunes and return the team to a respectable standing in Africa.

"I'm well aware of the challenges that lie ahead, but I'm confident we can achieve a lot with the people I will work with in the Bafana team," he added

"Bafana need to start winning games; we need to start qualifying for competitions."

Meanwhile, Igesund has apparently identified Andre Arendse, Augusto Palacios and Neil Tovey to serve in the technical team, with Orlando Pirates coach Palacios and Thanda Royal Zulu tactician Tovey earmarked for part-time roles.


  • salee.sithwell - 2012-07-09 12:58

    You can do it, Gordon!

      edward.madonsela - 2012-07-09 18:37

      Let's give Gordon a chance and support the national team. for all the systems we played were not yielding any good result, if that skop and donnor works then thumps up to the coach.

      michele.bosman.5 - 2012-07-09 18:57

      The coach knows best.

  • UncleShep - 2012-07-09 13:19

    becareful now Mr Coach......just do not promise much.......

      aijaman.pirlo - 2012-07-09 16:16

      as if South Africa is a winning nation....hehehehehe some people can talk yazi!!!

  • jackie.stone.501 - 2012-07-09 13:37

    "... identified Andre Arendse, Augusto Palacios and Neil Tovey..." WTF, but hey I am willing to give the benefit, so I will wait...

      aijaman.pirlo - 2012-07-09 16:18

      I think Jacky u dnt understand futball...(Judging by your comment).Maybe u will even say I've used wrong spelling for "Football"....That's a proof that u dnt fully understand the game

  • bantu.landingwe - 2012-07-09 13:53

    So Andre is the Assistant Coach? or Goalkeeper Coach

  • Nick - 2012-07-09 14:10

    I support Bafana, with the same fervor I support the Proteas and Springboks. But one thing that dismays me is that for as long as I've been watching them play (since the early 90s) there has always been talk of the South African style, and I have yet to see anything consistent enough to be branded a style. And if there is a style, isn't it time they changed it because they really haven't achieved anything in the last 15 years? As for our strength being keeping possession - I'd like to see some statistics on that. With every new coach (and there have been a lot) I have hoped for us to be lifted out of the doldrums and above the other nations who quietly chuckle at our continued incompetence, and I hope the same now. I'll always support you, Bafana.

      aijaman.pirlo - 2012-07-09 16:20

      Nick mfowethu...This is the brilliant comment I ever read about Bafana...So spot on my broer!!!

  • gieljam.gomtor - 2012-07-09 14:12

    I thought he was already well informed ... , l give him a few tips , check for duck ,dive ,Toi -toi and absenteeism ... for a few dollars more ill tel him everything.

  • gieljam.gomtor - 2012-07-09 14:14

    thought he was already well informed ... , l'll give him a few tips , check for duck ,dive ,Toi -toi and absenteeism ... for a few dollars more ill tel him everything.

      aijaman.pirlo - 2012-07-09 16:22

      and the dodgy doctors certificate....LOL!!!

  • THABOM85 - 2012-07-09 15:12

    Gordon, you going to need researchers and scientists in trying to identify that style. Your contract is performance based, i don't think you've got the time or players. Sir, just chow the R400k a month nd wait until safa releases you from your contract, not because you are a bad coach, because the players at your disposal are average.

      aijaman.pirlo - 2012-07-09 16:26

      Spot on Thabo.....Yazi mna mfethu - I have a big problem with contract that have landed to Mlungu. It's so unfair and they even pay him less than that looser..(Pitso)..I so wish that Gordon can prove these rascist SAFA pigs wrong...At first they were reluctant to employ him bcos he is white...Now they give him crappy contract and set him to loose...Did u know that even if Bafana Bafana can win the group it does not mean they automaticaly qualify.The total points will be less as other winners of other groups.They will be required to play play-offs.

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