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Igesund must show results or lose his job - Safa

New Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund will have to hit the ground running if he wants to keep his job.

Safa president Kirsten Nematandani shakes hands with newly appointed Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund following the announcement on 30 June 2012. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Newly appointed Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund should perform well if he plans to keep his job, the South African Football Association (Safa) said on Saturday.

Igesund was announced coach at the association's National Executive Committee meeting in Soweto, Johannesburg, after Pitso Mosimane was sacked in June for a poor start to the 2014 World Cup qualifiers.

The 55-year-old Igesund and former Bafana assistant coach Steve Khomphela were the final two candidates up for the top job.

Safa president Kirsten Nematandani announced that Igesund was offered a two-year contract with a mandate.

The new national team coach will have to reach at least the semi finals of the 2013 African Cup of Nations tournament and qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

"Logic should dictate that if that is not met, the coach [will be] without a job," said Nematandani.

The former Moroka Swallows coach said his appointment was a proud moment in his 26 years of coaching in South Africa.

"I feel very honoured and privileged to be in charge of an asset like the national team"

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

He almost won a fifth title in May with Moroka Swallows, but the team finished runner-ups.

Igesund's first challenge will be to lead the national team in their friendly against Brazil on 7 September.

Meanwhile, Safa said the new coach will make his plans for the team known in the near future.

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