Two-horse race for Bafana job

2012-06-18 19:19

Johannesburg - The vacant Bafana Bafana coaching post was on Monday made to a two-horse race between Gordon Igesund and Steve Komphela.

Both men, who are noted to be good man-managers, will make another presentation to the SA Football Association (SAFA) national executive committee on June 30.

They will also be working alongside assistant coach Jairo Leal, who will remain in his position despite reports of the Brazilian facing the axe.

Komphela was the fifth and final candidate to be interviewed by SAFA's technical committee earlier on Monday.

"At the end of the interview process, the scores for each candidate were finalised and the top candidates have now been identified," the association said in a statement on Monday evening.

"These two candidates have been invited by the committee to make a further presentation to the national executive committee of SAFA, which is constitutionally mandated to appoint the senior men’s national team coach. These presentations will take place on the 30th June.

"Following which the NEC will receive the report and recommendation of the technical committee, and will then finalise the appointment of the coach from these two candidates."

The other four candidates - Igesund, Shakes Mashaba, Gavin Hunt and Neil Tovey - met the technical committee last week. They, however, had not known their fate on the day, and had been expecting to be informed later in the week.

Komphela, who coaches Free State Stars in the Premier Soccer League, has been Bafana's interim coach since the sacking of Pitso Mosimane three weeks ago.

He is the team's second assistant coach, a position he assumed in April. Part of the agreement was that he will continue his work with Stars.

In his two matches in charge, Bafana drew 1-1 with Botswana in Gaborone last week, and beat Gabon 3-0 in Nelspruit on Friday.

"It [the interview] went well, but now I need my rest," Komphela said after completing his presentation at SAFA House.

"I have not slept since Friday, and spent the whole of yesterday [Sunday] preparing for this meeting."

The four-time league winning Igesund is a public favourite and coached modest Moroka Swallows to second on the log in the past Premiership season.

The association's technical committee chair Fanyana Sibanyoni also denied media reports that Leal would be axed from the national team on Monday. His contract expires at the conclusion of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

Mosimane is still seeking compensation from SAFA for his dismissal with two years remaining his contract.

"I was misquoted," Sibanyoni told Sapa.

"Leal is the Bafana assistant coach... he is still our coach."

Leal has been with Bafana since 2007 where he came in with fellow countryman, Carlos Parreira.


  • bomb.technician.5 - 2012-06-18 20:11

    ja now to get in the top three rankings in the world, like uhhhh, certain other sports!!! or at least aim for some wins over some real opponents.

  • bhai.noor.3 - 2012-06-18 20:18

    Sorry ! But I am still in favour of a Brazillian coach like Perriera ! Now go buy your car on

  • Johan De Beer - 2012-06-18 20:24

    Who cares? Bafana has always been a non-event

      onke.tshaka - 2012-06-18 21:09

      your comment really shows what a d!ck you are

      zweli.chopiso - 2012-06-19 02:38

      johan u r a nuisance u r pathetic, insane and u can also buy yourselself a visa u dont belong to this new Mzantsi.ppl like u r very dangerous in poisoning the kids about hatred and racism.

      Johan De Beer - 2012-06-19 07:50

      Wow can my comment be racist? Are you crazy? Your response shows your eagerness to turn every issue into a racial thing. How on earth is my comment dangerous? You are both clearly just looking fot attention

      Johan De Beer - 2012-06-19 07:52

      Prove me wrong - when did Bafana excel? What have they won? In which worthwile event did they feature?

      thando.mbhele.7 - 2012-06-19 08:31

      Johan just like you i don't see bafana as something to even waste time thinking about, its not the 96 Bafana that went on to take African top honours and made the nation proud... BUT bafana still means something to a large demographic which it so happens is African, so although you think you are stating a fact, its one that maybe you can make quietly in your own mind as some of us do... Let's see How Heyneke Meyer does with the boks after our horrible tenure with the dithering P-Divy, people saw Meyers squad selection and cried foul but now 2 victories later you dont here those echoes much anymore... (How is Habana still in that Squad)

      Cigobay - 2012-06-19 19:53

      Zweli you must apologise to Johan...there's nothing rascist about Johan's comment...Bafana has always been a no-event - thats a fact...admit it it Zweli. you have a chip on your shoulder.

  • Bokang - 2012-06-18 20:25

    May the best man win.khompela u gt ma vote.

      poloyatonkim - 2012-06-18 20:59

      U are backing the wrong horse... Bax

      Bokang - 2012-06-18 21:15

      I talked wt a whte old guy at some bar and he didnt hide his opinion about people cannot bring resuslt in these country,thats what he said to tell me how can i suppor gordn.give khompla a chance to prove sceptics wrong and restore nations pride.

      Bokang - 2012-06-18 22:51

      I suspect the people whore thumbsdown khompela are colourds, indians,boer .these is mzanzi give khompela a BELLS.

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-06-19 07:47

      Its a pity you allow a racist to influence you to make a decision based on race, Bokang. It kind of defeats your argument. Be strong, don't allow individuals to dominate your thoughts so easily.

      Bokang - 2012-06-19 09:28

      Chum all i can say is lets waite until the 30th june.when my favourte couch is announced to be the head man.i get the feeling its gona happen.get ready get ready get ready.

  • Spear - 2012-06-18 20:38

    I'm behind my country 100% win or lose. Hope the new coach brings a new dimension to the team, we want to all of our games!

  • Kolobe - 2012-06-18 20:39

    let leal leave and keep both ingesand and gordon

      Isaac Nhlahla - 2012-06-18 21:59

      do u know soccer my bru?

      thando.mbhele.7 - 2012-06-19 08:25

      and get that moroka swallows coach too, this report it makes him sound like he knows his business. A few seasons ago Swallows were facing the axe and now they are challenging for league honours. Give that man a bafana contract.

      mshokoane - 2012-06-19 11:41

      Well said

  • poloyatonkim - 2012-06-18 20:57

    I dont think it will be wise to appoint BEE candidate for Bafana job lets give it to Gordon...

      onke.tshaka - 2012-06-18 21:11

      who said anything about bee, stop being a d!ck head, just say Gordon deserves to be the head coach which I agree with

  • teevee10 - 2012-06-18 21:09

    jst wish Jairo Leal can be fired coz i dnt knw wht hiz doing in Bafana,dat post mst b gven to a local guy

  • bradley.october.1 - 2012-06-19 07:46

    Gordon 4 manager

  • tokollo.moeletsi - 2012-06-19 08:35

    Gordon is the right man for the job.

  • jmatende - 2012-06-21 14:32

    whoever is selected for the job, all we want is to transform the way bafana approaches the games to more and attacking than defending.

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