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Gordon Igesund to coach Bafana

The South African Football Association announced Gordon Igesund as the new Bafana Bafana coach.

Newly appointed Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund shakes hands with Safa president Kirsten Nematandani after the association announced his appointment on 30 June 2012. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Gordon Igesund is the new Bafana Bafana coach, the South African Football Association (Safa) announced on Saturday afternoon.

The former Moroka Swallows coach signed a two-year contract and replaces Pitso Mosimane, who was sacked as the national team's coach earlier in June.

But Igesund's contract has a mandate. Bafana must make it to the semi finals of the 2013 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament and they must qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Gavin Hunt, Neil Tovey, Steve Komphela and Shakes Mashaba were also shortlisted for the post.

Igesund and Bafana caretaker coach Komphela were the two remaining candidates up for the top job.

Igesund's coaching record is unmatched in South Africa, having won a record four Premier Soccer League titles with four different teams.

Komphela assisted with coaching the national team under Mosimane's leadership.

But his 24 caps for Bafana and experience earned as the team's assistance coach were not enough.

Igesund will have to hit the ground running, following the team's recent loses and draws against low-ranked teams and their failure to qualify for the 2012 AFCON tournament.

The newly appointed coach will now prepare his team for the game against Brazil in September.

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