Bafana’s trusted backroom staff

2012-07-14 19:27

Gordon Igesund’s appointment of a relatively inexperienced technical team shows he is intent on ushering in a completely new era for Bafana Bafana, writes Timothy Molobi

New Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund has dismantled the shaky Brazilian foundation set up by his predecessors and aims to return to South Africa’s popular brand of attacking flair.

This spelled the end of the road for Julio Leal, who has been Bafana’s assistant coach for the past four years under Carlos Parreira, Joel Santana and Pitso Mosimane.

Physical trainer Francesco Gonzalez also got the chop.

Bafana have failed to qualify for the Afcon on two occasions under the three coaches and failed to progress beyond the group stages of the 2010 Fifa World Cup here in South Africa.

And unless Igesund picks up maximum points in Bafana’s remaining four 2014 Fifa World Cup qualifiers, they face the prospect of missing out on the tournament after collecting only two points in their two opening games.

Without dissing his predecessor Mosimane, Igesund said the team has not been playing to their true strength and potential.

“I think he bought into the Brazilian style and was trying to stick with the system forced on him,” said Igesund.

“Our style is more attacking football, keeping possession and playing with an African flair, and that was missing in our team. Our approach has been too defensive and I am going to change that.”

Igesund has now brought in former SuperSport United assistant coach Thomas Madigage and former national Under-20 coach Serame Letsoaka as his assistants, as well as Platinum Stars goalkeeper coach Alex Heredia.

Zak van Heerden replaces Gonzalez as the new physiologist/physical trainer.

Igesund has also gone for a think tank made up of former Bafana coaches Jomo Sono, Clive Barker and Ephraim “Shakes” Mashaba.

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