Igesund back with Bafana after illness

2012-10-15 12:33

Bafana coach Gordon Igesund was back with the team today after a suspected stomach bug had forced him to miss a training session ahead of the team’s match against Kenya’s Harambee Stars tomorrow.

Igesund complained of stomach cramps and was taken to a local hospital as a precautionary measure late yesterday afternoon.

His assistants, Thomas Madigage and Serame Letsoaka, took over the training session.

Igesund’s absence did not affect the mood of the players as places in the team are up for grabs.

After losing 1-0 to Poland on Friday, midfielder Kagisho Dikgacoi said they were looking forward to redeeming themselves against Kenya tomorrow.

Kick-off is at 6pm, SA time.

The Crystal Palace midfielder conceded that the team did not play well against Poland on Friday and they would take it out on the Harambee Stars.

“We did not play as well as we would have loved to because Poland did not allow us to play at all. We cannot blame the weather or the crowd for our performance, we were just not good,” said Dikgacoi.

He, however, said this served as a wake-up call to the players to raise their game ahead of next year’s Africa Cup of Nations.

“I believe we will do well in the tournament if we keep on working hard.”

Meanwhile goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune was told after the team had arrived in Nairobi on Saturday night that he had lost his sister before the game on Friday.

Khune said he was saddened by the loss and was glad for the support of his team-mates.

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