Igesund to meet PSL coaches

2012-07-23 20:30

Johannesburg - Unlike many of his predecessors, new Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund is already moving to meet all Premier Soccer League coaches, while backing up prior promises with immediate action.

Igesund said he was planning a similar mission overseas in the next couple of weeks.

"The PSL coaches obviously have an intimate and updated knowledge of all their players that I can't possibly have at my fingertips," the Bafana coach said in an interview on Monday from Cape Town.

He was holding discussions with officials of Santos and Ajax Cape Town, before moving on to Durban and Bloemfontein.

"I want to have a close rapport with all of them to assist me in selecting the best possible South African squad."

Igesund said in his 20 years at the helm of the PSL clubs, Manning Rangers, Santos, Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns, winning a record four Premier League titles, he had often gone an entire season without speaking to the Bafana coach.

"For my part, I'm not scared to ask for advice, although the buck stops right here and I must make the final decisions. Any help I can get, from any source, will always be appreciated.

"I've already implemented an advisory committee of seasoned campaigners like Clive Barker, Shakes Mashaba and Jomo Sono, with whom I will exchange ideas," said Igesund.

"I want to form a similar kind of relationship with all the PSL coaches."

As for his overseas sortie, which will probably be for a period of 10 to 14 days, Igesund said he hoped to meet every player who was a viable Bafana candidate, their club managers and their business agents.

"In this way I will be able to have a working relationship with all of them, know their problems, fitness levels and when they will be available to play for Bafana."

Among the countries Igesund plans to visit are England, Holland, Greece, Belgium, and Israel.

High on his list of priorities would be a meeting in England with current South African captain Steven Pienaar. After this he would make a final decision and announcement on Bafana's on-the-field leadership.


  • desh.maharaj - 2012-07-24 00:15

    I would also like to see a very strong business administrator to handle the complete business administration with a project management approach.

  • Godfrey Adams - 2012-07-24 00:46

    Gordon you are on the right track

  • zeezoh.mchunu - 2012-07-24 09:02

    please please, go to clive and only clive NOT THE OTHER TWO!!!!!!!!

  • tmadanhire - 2012-07-24 18:44

    i`ve always said Gordon is the man. he has focus and foresight. involving psl coaches is a sign of good gesture, comradeship and above means he`s not egocentric (selfish). viva Gordon. best luck to Bafana Bafana!!!!

  • collin.nyabadza - 2012-07-25 03:15

    This man is a natural leader. No wonder why you have won four titles with four different clubs. With this approach I see Bafana rising from the ashes. Now South African players have to play their part. They need to raise their game and also change their attitude and approach. To make it to the top one ought to make a lot of sacrifices. Take for instance our own Madiba, if he hadn't sacrificed his family, freedom, life, ambitions, etc, SA wouldnt be free today. I urge SA players to research on what makes top players like Beckham, Maldini, Gerrard, etc succeed. For instance, I was reading one issue of the Champions League Magazine where they were saying Maldini during his time as a player for AC Milan, used to be the first and the last one to leave the training ground. My message to Bafana players and any player aspiring to make it to the top is that you need to have four Ds, i.e. Dedication, Discipline, Devotion and Determination. You have to live the game in order to make it as a top player. This business of boozing, partying, womanising has to stop. Beckham said he loved only three things in life, i.e. his wife, children and football. And this is what has made him an icon. But it didn't come for free. I urge Bafana players to read his autobiography. Those trademark free kicks of his did not come on a silver plate. He used to stay behind at training practising and perfecting them. This business of whinning has to stop. Its high time you delievered.

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