Igesund smarting over ‘cruel’ mistake

2012-05-21 00:00

MOROKA Swallows coach Gordon Igesund thought at one stage that his side had done enough to win the PSL title in Pietermaritzburg on Saturday.

With Orlando Pirates battling their way to victory over Golden Arrows in Durban, Igesund was informed by an official that the score at Moses Mabhida was locked at 3-3.

But that was misleading, and Pirates would go on to win the match 4-2.

If Pirates had drawn against Arrows, then Swallows’ victory over Maritzburg United would have won them the league.

“I knew when it was 2-2 and then I heard that it was 3-2 to Pirates,” Igesund told The Witness.

“But then somebody very cruelly misinformed me that it was 3-3.”

When Swallows took the lead against United, Igesund thought that his side were on the verge of winning the title. When the final whistle blew, the coach paced around frantically asking PSL officials what the final score in Durban was, but the news he received was not what he expected.

“Football is about moments like these and that’s what keeps all us managers coming back,” Igesund reflected after the match. “I’m just so incredibly proud of my players. They’ve done fantastically well and we’ve really enjoyed our season.”

Igesund is the only manager in South African footballing history to have won four PSL titles at four different clubs.

• sport@witness.co.za

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