Kungwane: Igesund will go
The coach will meet with Safa executives to discuss the team’s failure to advance in tournaments.
JOHANNESBURG - The South African Football Association (Safa)'s hire- and-fire policy will result in Bafana Bafana Gordon Igesund losing his job, former Bafana Bafana player Isaac 'Shakes' Kungwane said on Tuesday.
The coach will meet with Safa executives on Thursday to discuss the team's failure to advance to the knockout stages of the 2014 Orange African Nations Championship.
Igesund will also address allegations that he tried to improperly influence players over bonuses during the tournament.
Kungwane says the team's lack of success in tournaments will see Igesund lose his job.
"There have been a lot of news headlines that he even tried to influence player bonuses, so I think it is going to be difficult for him to stay on. As we all know, Safa are trigger happy, so I don't see him retaining his job."
Kungwane does not believe sacking Igesund will solve the problems.
He says the mentality of local coaches when it comes to youth development needs to change.
"The problem is that we are so impatient. Even in our PSL [Premier Soccer League], we can't play a 16-year-old or a 17-year-old because of the coaches in this country. They are so scared of losing that [player] they even resort to playing negative football. The teams end up signing 30-year-olds and we lose our late developers."