Mammoth task awaits Igesund
New Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund is the first coach to ever be given a performance clause.
JOHANNESBURG - New Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund is the first coach to ever be given a performance clause.
He must take Bafana to the semi finals of African Cup of Nations (Afcon) and ensure they qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Gordon is not disillusioned and knows it will be tough.
“It’s a big task ahead of us, but I’m sure together we can all pull through. We have very good players and we have to get them to start believing in themselves again.”
Igesund was chosen over Steve Komphela for the job, even though it was believed that the technical committee wanted Komphela.
“Obviously there were a lot of opinions there and they needed to do what the needed to do. At the end of the day, they made a decision and I’ll just go there and do my best.”
Igesund who was appointed on Saturday hasn't had a chance to get into his role yet.
The assistant coaches have yet to be appointed, but Igesund will meet with his bosses today.
“I’ll put down my plan and recommendations for a technical team. Hopefully it will be sorted out in the next few days and I can start focusing on the job.”
Igesund had the backing from Moroka Swallows management to take the job.
“I’ve built some very good relations there. Their CEO Leon Prins is a great human being. He supports me all the way. Actually, I’m going there later to say all my goodbyes to the players.
Igesund helped turnaround the club in the previous season. The Birds finished second in the Premier Soccer League log.
The main gripe for all national coaches is the minimum amount of time they are given with their players.
Igesund feels they have to put the steps in place to overcome that hurdle.
“I think the most important thing is to build good relationships not only with the players, but with the team managers. I think communication is very important.”
Igesund's first game in charge is against Brazil.
Bafana are under pressure to qualify for the World Cup following two draws against Botswana and Ethiopia.
(Edited by Lindiwe Mlandu)