The big debate: should Igesund stay or go?

2013-09-15 14:00

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After Bafana’s failure to qualify for the World Cup, Timothy Molobi asks if it’s time for the coach to hang up his red tie

Questions have been raised over whether Gordon Igesund is still the right man to take Bafana Bafana forward.

Although he knew the two mandates – reaching the semifinals of the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) and qualifying for the 2014 World Cup – were almost impossible to achieve, the coach was brave enough to accept the conditions of his employment and promised heaven and Earth.

A year later, it’s back to square one. The team will watch other countries take part in next year’s World Cup in Brazil.

Despite failing to meet his goals, Igesund seems to have won the nation’s confidence.

After bombing out of the qualifiers, Igesund nevertheless said he expected to see out his contract, which expires next year.

“I’m thrilled with the progress the team is making and the players coming through,” he said last Saturday.

“I’ve got a contract till 2014 and I’ve got bosses who’ll decide about it. I have no control over what people say. Whatever happens, so be it. I did what I could to the best of my ability.”

If the leadership decides to keep him, Igesund should focus on getting players to take Bafana to the 2015 Afcon finals in Morocco. And there are also CAF’s African Championships in January, which South Africa is hosting.

When Igesund took over the reins last year Bafana were at their lowest ebb, and he steadied the ship. But they still have nothing to show for it after their World Cup dreams were dashed last weekend.

Igesund’s Bafana record

vs Brazil: lost 1-0

vs Mozambique: won 2-0

vs Poland: lost 1-0

vs Kenya: won 2-1

vs Zambia: lost 1-0

vs Malawi: won 3-1

vs Norway: lost 1-0

vs Algeria: drew 0-0

vs Cape Verde: drew 0-0

vs Angola: won 2-0

vs Morocco: drew 2-2

vs Mali: lost in penalty


vs CAR: won 2-0

vs Lesotho: won 2-0

vs CAR: won 3-0

vs Ethiopia: lost 2-1

vs Namibia: won 2-1

vs Zambia: lost in penalty  shoot-out

vs Lesotho: won 2-1

vs Nigeria: lost 2-0

vs Burkina Faso: won 2-0

vs Botswana: won 4-1

vs Zimbabwe: lost 2-1

» Played 23, won 11, lost 9,

drew 3

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