Gordon Igesund on his way out

2014-06-01 15:00

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The SA Football Association (Safa) says Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund’s fate will only be decided tomorrow, but it has now emerged there is already a short list of replacements.

Safa president Danny Jordaan confirmed the existence of the short list at a media briefing following the body’s national executive committee (NEC) meeting yesterday.

Jordaan said Igesund’s future was not on the agenda because the Bafana coach was absent.

At the time of the gathering at Safa House yesterday, the beleaguered coach was on his way back to the country after guiding Bafana to draws against Australia (1-1) and New Zealand (0-0) during their tour of Australasia last week.

He will meet a committee established to discuss his future tomorrow (see box for committee members).

“The committee comprises a legal person, a financial person and a technical committee chairperson because it is about a financial package and legal matters which might arise.”

But an NEC member who was present at yesterday’s meeting said the decision had already been taken not to renew Igesund’s contract.

The member said tomorrow’s meeting was a mere formality to sever ties with Igesund.

“Our next step is to look at the financial package of the new coach and his availability because of World Cup commitments,” said the insider.

Former Bafana coach Carlos Queiroz, who is leading Iran to the World Cup, has long been predicted to make a comeback to the team he coached between 2000 and 2002.

Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi was the latest to be linked with the job. The “Big Boss” will be at the helm when the African champions compete in Brazil.

Meanwhile, Jordaan said there were two possible outcomes on the subject of the Bafana coaching post.

“If there is a vacancy after the meeting, we have to immediately proceed and engage a possible replacement and secondly, if we confirm him [Igesund] as the coach, the process will end there,” said Jordaan.

He said tomorrow’s engagement with the coach would be to make an assessment of whether there were substantial grounds for continuation or not.

“It will not be a decision based on happiness or emotions, but on evidence in front of us based on the mandates he was given and what he achieved. The meeting will involve everything about Gordon’s future plans and our future plans and whether there is a conversion of future plans. But it is clear that all of

us want to see a Bafana that shows promise again.”

He said that whatever happened tomorrow, there would have to be a coach in place by mid-July.

Jordaan ruled out Ephraim “Shakes” Mashaba from the running, saying the under-20 coach had a bigger role to play in junior national team development.

The Safa boss added that a technical director would also be appointed soon.

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