I left Bafana in a better state than I found it – Gordon Igesund

2014-06-03 14:39

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Outgoing Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund was gracious to his soon-to-be former employer, the SA Football Association (Safa), despite the decision not to renew his contract.

Safa yesterday took a decision not to renew Igesund’s contract when it expired at the end of August.

But Igesund said he was not bitter about losing the job, just disappointed that he would not continue with his Vision 2018 project.

“But this is football and life goes on,” he said.

He even joked that he was happy he was among the few coaches not to have been fired.

However, he said he was happy that he was given the opportunity to lead the team for the past two years and believed he had left it in a better state than the one he had inherited.

“I wish the new coach, whoever he is, all the best with his appointment and will always be available to assist Bafana Bafana wherever possible,” said Igesund.

“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 described his stint with Bafana as a successful one.

“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.

“In official matches, we played 14, won seven, drew five and lost just twice.”

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