Cape Town - Former Bafana Bafana head coach Gordon Igesund
says Stuart Baxter should be entrusted with the job until 2022.
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South Africa has gone through four coaches in the past seven
Pitso Mosimane’s two-year stint came to an abrupt end in
2012 with Steve Komphela serving as mentor for a short while under an interim
The experienced Igesund was then brought into the fold to
bring back the glory days but the South African Football Association (SAFA) was not
having it as they brought in Shakes Mashaba for a fourth tenure.
Baxter, now in his second tenure as mentor, failed to guide
South Africa to next year’s 2018 Soccer World Cup after a dismal qualifying
The usual procedure for SAFA is to sack a coach but
Igesund is against the idea of cutting yet another coach’s term short.
“In my opinion Shakes Mashaba was doing a good job‚ and then
for whatever reason he was dismissed‚ and then someone again came in halfway
through‚” Igesund said as quoted by the TimesLIVE website.
“It takes players time to change from my philosophy to
Shakes’‚ and to Stuart’s. There’s no continuity. And in my humble opinion‚ give the
job to Stuart until 2022.
“Let him have the start of the World Cup qualification‚
start off preparing his team‚ let the players get used to him over the next
year‚ and the year after.
"Then by the time the fourth year comes the players are
very familiar with you and they know what you want.
“Stuart is a nice guy‚ and in my opinion he’s a good coach.
He was employed for a reason - and that’s that they liked what he was doing for
his clubs at Kaizer Chiefs and SuperSport United.
“But he needs to be given time to bring that through to the
Meanwhile, Igesund further added that the South African public
also plays big a role in how the national team performs.
“But I don’t think there’s a player attitude problem. I just
think it’s the togetherness of all of us - all South Africans,” continued
“I think there are so many different agendas out there - this
one talking badly about this one.
“The clubs‚ coaches‚ players‚ administrators and the country
must come together and pull towards one thing - and that is Bafana getting
“I think that is the problem. We all have our own agendas
and there’s no real unity.”