Safa: New Bafana coach in by August

Danny Jordaan said the next Bafana coach needs to bring back a winning mentality.

Danny Jordaan said the next Bafana coach needs to bring back a winning mentality. Picture:

JOHANNESBURG - South African Football Association (Safa) president Danny Jordaan set a target of August to appoint a new Bafana coach after a decision not to extend Gordon Igesund's contract.

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

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

Jordaan said the next coach needs to bring back the winning mentality of the national team.

"It's a national team and must achieve international success."

Reports suggest that the next coach could be Iran coach, Carlos Queiroz.

Current Nigeria coach, Stephen Keshi, was also linked with the job after he admitted he would leave the Super Eagles after this year's World Cup.

Any decision about the new coach must be done swiftly with the team set to start their campaign for the 2015 Afcon in September.


Former Bafana players also weighed in on Safa's decision.

Neil Tovey, who previously captained the national team called on Safa to stick with Igesund.

Tovey, who lead Bafana to glory at the 1996 Afcon, said the only way Bafana can become successful again is if they continue with Igesund in charge.

The former Kaizer Chiefs defender added that if Safa decided not to extend Igesund's contract, they should not hire a foreign coach.

George Dearnaley said he believed the knives were out for Igesund a long time ago.

"I feel for Igesund because I don't think he's had the support from senior management and the PSL clubs and I think there were many challenges behind the scenes that the public will never know about."

Former Bafana golakeeper, Andre Arendse, argued local coaches are falling short on the international stage.

"Our best local coach doesn't have the experience of coaching at international levels."

Furthermore, Mark Fish says a long term contract must be given to the new coach, to exercise more flexibility in the way the coach does his job.

"The coach must be given at least a five-year contract and over these five years we're going to endure more loses than actual wins. But there's got to be a goal at the end of the line."


He says the new coach must be familiar with South African football and have vast knowledge about football fraternity in general.

"Whoever they bring on board to coach has to know not only about South African football, but about African football and world football. It's someone that's got vast experience and someone that can relate to South African players."

Fish says there needs to be a continuous development from all national teams divisions, with clear cut plan on how the teams are trained and developed.

"They've got to make sure that not only in Bafana but even the U23 and all the lower national teams divisions play the same style of football and have the same mentality of the national team."

Fish says former Bafana coach Carlos Queiroz is the right man to take over.

"It has been linked with Carlos Queiroz. I do think that if someone like him came on board, I was fortunate to play one match under him for Bafana, technically he's very knowledgeable of the game."

Fish also said it's important that the national team develops a brand of football from the junior level up.

"The coach must be given a five year contract and over that period we'll endure more losses but there has to be a goal at the end of the line because our football will not just turn around."

Video: Safa lets Igesund go.