Igesund to start with training

2012-06-21 18:48

Johannesburg - Gordon Igesund, one of the remaining candidates along with Steve Komphela vying for the position of Bafana Bafana head coach, revealed on Thursday he will start training for the coming season on Monday.

But it will not be at the helm of Bafana that the coach will be getting back onto the training pitch.

Instead, Igesund will remain in charge of his Moroka Swallows squad when last season's Premier League runners-up begin preparations for the 2012/13 season after a break of three weeks, following a successful trip to China.

"Steve [Komphela] and I are due to make a further representation to the SAFA executive at the end of the month," explained Igesund.

"We were told the final decision for the Bafana post would be announced shortly afterwards.

"But for the meantime it's business as usual with Swallows as far as I am concerned. I've been in the game too long to jump the gun or take anything for granted."

Igesund recalled how he had been told officially ten years ago that the special committee entrusted with choosing the Bafana coach at the time had nominated him - only for the SA Football Association (SAFA) executive to overturn the decision and announce Trott Moloto as the national coach.

"I would be lying if I did not admit that I look at the possibility of coaching Bafana as a great challenge and what anyone in my position would consider a stepping stone," Igesund said.

"I've learnt to accept what life serves up for you."

The Swallows coach said club CEO Leon Prins had told him that it would only be with great reluctance that he would receive the club's blessing if the Bafana post materialised.

"He [Leon Prins] understands my position," said Igesund.

"Our close relationship will be unimpaired no matter what will happen."

Igesund said that whether he remained with Swallows or not, the club could look forward to an exciting and profitable future, with the objective to rekindle the successes of the 1980s when the Birds were playing a brand of soccer that excited all soccer fans.

"In this respect, the trip we made to China early in the month not only cemented what could be a close relationship between South African and Chinese soccer, but it knitted together our players into a close unit that benefited greatly from the experience," he said.

The Birds lost their first game soon after arriving in Shanghai for a four-team round-robin tournament, but then went on to beat the premier club in China, Shanghai Shenhua, who have acquired the services of big name players Nicolas Anelka and Didier Drogba and are coached by former Argentinian national coach Julio Batistuta.

"The enthusiasm for soccer in China is growing in leaps and bounds," said Igesund.

"I predict that in ten years' time the country will be a force in international football."


  • Ndivhuho Munyai - 2012-06-21 19:59

    SAFA....wat r u waiting for.....appoint Igesund!

      kgaogelo.w.mohlala - 2012-06-22 09:01

      one of very reputable newspaper yesterday reported that Khomphela has been offered the job already.

  • colin.dovey - 2012-06-21 20:51

    Procrastination is the thief of time...we NEED to be PROUD of this team ....AND they NEED to get to Brazil....Igesund, based on LONG and wide experience, on many fronts, IS A Success...SAFA is the Stellar all Fiddler Aggravation...or something like that

  • - 2012-06-21 21:19

    Delays breed suspicion, rightly or wrongly.

  • charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-06-21 21:24

    I hope that SA Soccer has matured enough now to appoint a WHITE coach for Bafana Bafana? Here's to years of success Gordon !!!

      frans.mosia - 2012-06-21 23:27

      Charles why must everything be about black or white?

  • david.diego.14 - 2012-06-21 23:59

    SAFA what r u taking so long to appoint GORDON as the head coach,forget about KOMPELA he dont deserve to be assistant coach,i compare him with PITSO they never win the ABSA league but SAFA recognise them as our best coach thats ridiculous!!

  • tokollo.moeletsi - 2012-06-22 08:18

    Gordon for Bafana! Come on SAFA stop delaying you urgently need Igesund!

  • tmadanhire - 2012-06-22 11:37

    Igesund; the only local coach to expose a local club to international soccer during an off season period. SAFA must understand what this means. Viva Gordon!!!!

  • Cyrus - 2012-06-22 12:48

    I get the feeling that Komphela has already been appointed. Thats fine, Ingesund will just go and do what the other Bafana Bafana coaches couldnt, go win a trophy

  • thabo.matutu.1 - 2012-06-23 15:59

    SAFA must appoint Gordon as Bafana Coach, when Fish and Tovey were playing for Bafana ,I never saw them as white players the same appplies Gordon , please people guys for the my sake please appoint the best coach.

  • peter.kobue - 2012-06-28 07:08

    On SAFA appointing Komphela, If you see me at the stadium for a Bafana game... Put a bullet in my head. I'm not ready for another disappointment. Mxxm!!!! "gatvol"

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