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Safa lets Igesund go

Gordon Igesund will vacate his post after his contract expires at the end of August.

Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund will vacate his post after his contract expires at the end of July. Picture:Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG- The South African Football Association (Safa) has announced that Bafana Bafana head coach Gordon Igesund will vacate his post after his contract expires at the end of August.

Safa President Danny Jordaan made the announcement at Safa House after lengthy deliberations between Igesund and the Safa National Executive Committee (NEC) at an official NEC meeting earlier on Monday.

The announcement means that last Friday's goalless draw against New Zealand in Auckland was Igesund's final match in charge of the national team.

Jordaan said that the search for Igesund's replacement will begin immediately.

"The process for finding a new coach will start immediately after this press conference. We will look everywhere we can for a new coach. We want a team and a coach that instils confidence in all of us."

Igesund was employed on a two-year contract and was tasked with reaching the semi-finals of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations and with qualifying for the 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil.

The 57-year-old coach failed to meet both objectives.

"The committee gave Igesund the opportunity to respond and make a presentation which he did in order to deal with all the elements which either assisted or hindered him in carrying out his responsibilities," said Jordaan.

"The committee then retreated and discussed his future and then reconvened with Igesund," continued Jordaan.

Media reports last week suggested Igesund would be replaced by former Bafana coach, Carlos Queiroz, who is currently in charge of the Iranian team taking part in the World Cup.