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Igesund: We're on the right track

Bernard Parker scored the only goal of the evening to give Bafana their first win over Spain.

South Africa's coach Gordon Igesund celebrates his team's victory against Spain after a friendly football match at the Soccer City Stadium in Soweto on 19 November, 2013. Picture:AFP
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JOHANNESBURG - Gordon Igesund believes Bafana Bafana’s 1-0 victory over Spain last night means the national team is on the right track.

South Africa claimed its first victory in four meetings over the world and European champions at FNB Stadium last night.

“We are on the right track. It was a good performance. There is still a lot of work that needs to be done. Our vision as we said before is 2015, 2017 and 2018. We just need to keep our feet firmly on the ground.”

The coach has also praised his side for sticking to the game plan that he set out for them, which helped stifle Spain’s best attempts.

“We had a very good game plan and tactically we were very sharp. We studied Spain a lot and knew exactly how they were going to play. I think the players did very well and worked their socks off to stop Spain.”

The coach also played down the spat between himself and Pepe Reina during the second half.

Reina was substituted into the game after Victor Valdez went down with an injury.

Reina was the seventh Spanish substitute and under FIFA rules, only six substitutions are allowed per friendly game.

Igesund said he had no problem with the substitution and it’s a matter of fair play.

“I made it quite clear when they came to asked me if they can put in another player. I told them I’m not the referee. And I think we need to follow the rules and regulations. But I’m not going to object if they want to put in another player, but they need to speak to the referee first as he’s the official.”

(Edited by Leeto M. Khoza)

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