Johannesburg - Bafana Bafana head coach Gordon Igesund has sent a message of support to former Manning Rangers striker Keryn Jordan who is battling cancer.
“It is with great sadness that I have heard that Keryn Jordan's health has taken a turn for the worse," Igesund said on Wednesday.
"I have known Keryn since he first started playing for Manning Rangers as a teenager when I was coaching the club.
"Keryn played an important role in the team as we won the inaugural Premier League title in 1996."
Igesund worked with Jordan while in charge at Rangers in the late 90s and added that he always enjoyed mentoring the young striker, who ended his career in New Zealand with Auckland City FC in 2010.
"I have very fond memories of Keryn during that time and took great interest in his further career that took him to Supersport United and Moroka Swallows, as well as to New Zealand, where he starred for Auckland City and twice participated in the Fifa World Club Cup," Igesund said.
Jordan won the Golden Boot award during the 1997-98 Premier Soccer League season, having notched up 11 goals for Igesund's Rangers.
Jordan also went on to represent South Africa twice -- both in 2000.
"Keryn has been -- and is -- an inspiration to thousands of football fans in South Africa and New Zealand and has bravely fought his illness," said Igesund.
"My thoughts and prayers are with him and his family in these trying times and I call on all South African football fans to pray for him and his family."