Gordon Igesund wants to keep his Bafana job

2014-05-30 17:43

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Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund has broken his silence about speculation surrounding his job.

Speaking to a group of South African journalists travelling with the national team on their Australasian tour today, Igesund said he would like to continue as coach so that “I can finish what I started.”

“I would like to continue,” he said.

He was quick though to point out that the decision did not lie with him.

“I signed a two-year contract with Safa [SA Football Association] that ends on August 31,” he said.

“We both knew that it would end then but the decision to renew lies with Safa.

“Even if I won the World Cup, it was not going to be a done deal. My contract would still have ended in August and it would have been for Safa to decide whether to extend it or not.”

Qualifying his statement about his desire to continue and where the decision lies, Igesund said: “What I want and what Safa decides, are two different things.”

Igesund’s comments come amid speculation about his position, with the Star going as far as stating that Carlos Queiroz will be announced as the new Bafana Bafana coach tomorrow.

Other reports had it that Nigerian mentor Stephen Keshi was going to take over the reins in September.

Igesund said he would like to continue as he believes he still has a job to do and was not granted a full term.

“I started midway through and won three World Cup qualifiers out of four. That’s not bad,” he said.

“Coaches work on four-year circles. The first two years is to mould the team and the second [two] is to work towards qualification.”

Igesund said, in his two years, he had built a pool of around 40 players and now most of them were ready to be part of the team.

“I have looked at so many players that I don’t think there is a player in SA who can say that I never gave him a chance.”

He admitted that there had been no talks about his contract with Safa. He also said he had not spoken to any other parties about a job.

“That would be unethical as I am currently employed as the Bafana Bafana coach,” he said.

Laying down the gauntlet to his employers, he added: “However, I would like Safa to inform me before August 31 about their decision so that I am able to make other plans if they don’t renew my contract.”

Igesund was given two mandates when he signed with Safa: To take the team to the semifinals of last year’s Africa Cup of Nations, hosted in SA, and to take Bafana to the World Cup in Brazil. He failed on both counts.

He also failed to take the team beyond the first round of the African Nations Championship, also held in SA early this year.

His record after today’s match, reads: Played 31, won 14, drew 10 and lost 7.

The Safa national executive committee will meet tomorrow and the Igesund issue is part of the agenda.

» S’Busiso Mseleku is in New Zealand courtesy of Safa.

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