Johannesburg - Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund admits he is all too aware of
the importance of guiding South Africa to the 2014 Soccer World Cup in Brazil.
According to the Football411 website, the former Moroka Swallows coach is currently in preparation
ahead of South Africa's qualifying double header next month, against
Central African Republic and Ethiopia, and continues the warm-up with a
friendly international against Lesotho on Sunday.
And although Igesund has previously lifted four PSL titles with
four different teams, as well as masterminding BP Top-8 and SAA Supa 8
(both now the MNT8) successes, the 56-year-old believes next month will
prove the most challenging of his entire career.
"June is shaping to be the most important month of my soccer career," he told The Sowetan.
"The next couple of weeks not only loom as a massive challenge for me, but for the soccer-mad country as a whole.
"Imagine being confronted with the prospect that the earliest
Bafana could participate in a World Cup would be a distant 2018 in the
middle of 2013 already."
Igesund added: "If we beat CAR, Ethiopia and Botswana in our
remaining opening group qualifying matches, it's a pretty certain bet we
will be making the second qualifying round from which the remaining 10
teams will play for the five World Cup positions designated for Africa."