Igesund: Bafana was unlucky

Gordon Igesund says he would like to stay on as Bafana coach because many positive things happened.

Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund. Picture: Alicia Pillay/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Bafana Bafana was unlucky in its 2016 Fifa World Cup qualifying game against Botswana at the weekend, Coach Gordon Igesund said on Monday.

He made the comments during an interview on Talk Radio 702's The John Robbie Show.

Igesund said, "It was unfair on South Africans because when we played against Ethiopia, they were four points ahead and even if we had won, they would have still been a point ahead. When they used an ineligible player, the result only came two and a half weeks after the game."

The Bafana coach argued Fifa or the Confederation of African Football (CAF) should have released the result of the Ethiopian game three days before the next game.

Asked if he still thinks his job is safe, Igesund says he doesn't know.

"I've been told I'm on contract until 2014, I had a mandate which was difficult. On 27 September, Safa [the South African Football Association] will decide if the job I've done was good enough or not."

Igesund said he would like to stay on because many positive things happened over the last year.

"The team trained well, we have an identity and the passion and the attitude of the players is great. There are many things to look forward to."

Igesund also expressed disappointment at not qualifying for Brazil.