D-day for Igesund

2014-02-09 14:01

South Africa’s football troika – SA Football Association (Safa) president Danny Jordaan, Irvin Khoza and Kaizer Motaung – will be part of the group to decide Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund’s fate on Thursday.

Igesund has been asked to present his report on Bafana’s shambolic African Nations Championship campaign to Safa’s international affairs committee.

The trio, along with Mato Madlala, Dennis Mumble, Elvis Shishana, Lucas Nhlapo and Nomsa Mahlangu, are members of the committee.

Igesund, who has been scarce since January 19, when his squad embarrassingly bombed out of the tournament in the first round, will also be put under the microscope by Safa’s technical committee, which is chaired by The Iron Lady, Natasha Tsichlas. In a wide-ranging interview this week, Jordaan outlined the organisation’s vision after a three-day meeting in Cape Town.

Some of the decisions were:

»?A decision on Igesund must be made by Thursday;

»?A new major sponsor for the second division – believed to be coming from mining magnate and Mamelodi Sundowns boss Patrice Motsepe – will be announced this week;

»?To finalise the 2014 Bafana Bafana international calendar, which includes three

friendly matches before the World Cup in Brazil. They host Brazil next month, travel to Sydney to play Australia and then to Tehran to face Iran in May;

»?Stage Under-17 and Under-19 interprovincial tournaments in March and April;

»?Introduce scientific medical research starting with the players selected from the two tournaments;

»?Stage an Under-19 women’s interprovincial tournament in Modimolle in August;

»?Host an international Under-19 tournament featuring European and South American clubs in Durban in July; and

»?Create academies in all nine provinces. KwaZulu-Natal has led the way in this respect.

Jordaan said they would also review their commercial properties and were ­expecting a few companies to come on board.

Igesund will be required to explain why he should not be relieved of his duties following a series of failures and allegations of trying to influence players to demand extra bonuses for participating in the African Nations Championship.

Igesund’s contract expires in June.

Fanning the flames of speculation are reports that Igesund has lost the support of his senior players. It is further claimed there has been a huge fallout between him and captain Itumeleng Khune, who is popular with his team-mates.

Jordaan would not speak about Igesund’s future, and insisted he was still a Safa employee. “This is a very high-level meeting that will listen to all the parties involved and take decisions based on what is presented,” Jordaan said.

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