Wanted: Bafana coach with international success

2014-06-02 19:31

Bafana coach Gordon Igesund’s replacement must come with international success, says South African Football Association (Safa) president Danny Jordaan.

Jordaan today announced that Igesund would only stay on as coach of the national team until his contract expires in August.

“We have decided to keep Gordon Igesund until the end of his contract in August but we will not be renewing it; the search for a new coach starts now,” said Jordaan.

Jordaan added that Igesund was given an opportunity to make a presentation on his performance since taking over the job in July 2012. “He made a comprehensive presentation, match by match since 2012. He did it within an hour-and-a-half,” said Jordaan.

The Safa boss said the decision was the result of Igesund’s failure to achieve targets set when he landed the plush job.

Igesund was given a mandate to guide Bafana to the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) 2013 semi-finals and to qualify the team for the Brazil World Cup starting next week.

He failed to do so in both instances.

The search for a new coach now starts in earnest as Bafana will start playing in the qualifiers in September for Afcon 2015, which is scheduled to take place in Morocco next year, said Jordaan.

He refused to release the names of possible replacements for Igesund, saying “whoever comes must have international success”.

The football body is reportedly considering Nigerian national team coach Stephen Keshi and Iranian team coach Carlos Queiroz, who coached Bafana from 2000 to 2002.

SA under/20 coach Shakes Mashaba’s name has also been mentioned but Jordaan poured cold water on the reports last weekend, saying Mashaba had an important role to play in the development ranks.

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