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Igesund ‘disappointed’ by Safa decision

Gordon Igesund held his final press conference as Bafana coach this morning.

Gordon Igesund held his final press conference as Bafana coach this morning. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Gordon Igesund has addressed the media for the final time in his capacity as the national team coach.

The South African Football Association (Safa) on Monday announced it would not be renewing Igesund's contract and a new coach would be appointed by August.

"Of course I am deeply disappointed with Safa's decision undertaken yesterday to not extend my contract beyond August, however this is football and it's the nature of the game."

Speaking from Safa House, Igesund gave heartfelt thanks to Safa, his technical staff and the players for support over the last two years.

"There are too many names to mention each and every one individually, but certainly I would like to thank the likes of Danny Jordaan, Serame Letsoaka, Barney Kujane and Alex Heredia who have worked closely with me throughout this journey."

Igesund, who didn't want to answer any questions from the media, finished by saying his replacement would inherit a far much better Bafana side than he got when he took charge two years ago.

"Whoever that is, I wish him all the best with his appointment and will always be available to assist Bafana wherever possible. I believe this team can do wonderful things with the vast talent I have seen and I believe I hand over a national team that is in a far better state than the one I inherited."

He said under his guidance, the national team also managed to score goals at top level.

"We also managed to overcome the old stigma of not being able to score goals at the top level. Over the last 32 matches we have managed to score in excess of 1.5 goals a game."

Read Igesund's full statement.