We are on the right track – Gordon Igesund

2013-11-20 12:35

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Bafana Bafana’s surprise 1-0 victory over world champions Spain indicated they are benefiting from a clear strategy outline, coach Gordon Igesund has said.

“In the last 15 months or so, we’ve had a plan and sometimes these plans take time,” Igesund said.

“We’ve been on the right track for a while now and tonight’s performance was absolutely excellent.

“I don’t think we should get carried away. It was a good performance, but there’s still a lot of work to be done.”

Igesund said the national soccer team needed to remain realistic in the build-up towards qualifying for the 2018 World Cup.

Bernard Parker’s clinical second-half finish handed Bafana the historic victory, leaving Igesund a pleased man, despite having failed to qualify for the 2014 Fifa World Cup.

“We never qualified for the World Cup, but we beat the world champions,” he said.

“From a personal point of view, it’s always good to win a match, whether it’s against Swaziland or the world champions.

“The players worked their socks off. We had to chase hard because they move the ball so well and so quickly.”

Igesund said he was looking forward to watching his young squad continue to grow in confidence, with more international experience aiding them in future tournaments.

“In five years’ time, can you imagine these players with 50 caps under their belts?” Igesund said.

“Some of these players only have one or two caps. We need to get that experience. It was a good game of football. We played against a fantastic team.”

Igesund will now shift his focus to the upcoming CAF Championship of Nations (Chan) tournament, which starts in January next year. But a concern will be the availability of his players.

The Chan tournament is not a Fifa-sanctioned event and, as a result, Premier Soccer League (PSL) teams are not obligated to release players for national duties.

Igesund remained hopeful that he would have the strongest squad available.

“Whether we get all of our players for the Chan tournament is another question,” he said.

“It’s not a Fifa month, the PSL has scheduled two games in that period and [it’s] not giving teams much option to release their players.

“I don’t want to get involved in that. I’m a coach and the SA Football Association will handle that.

“But I certainly believe that the players deserve the opportunity to play in the Chan tournament.”

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


How to open a beer bottle without an opener

Do the right thing and never be thirsty again…


You won't want to miss...

WATCH: Man films himself going down water slide upside down as things go very wrong…
WATCH: Conor McGregor: Notorious the trailer
Best date night restaurants in South Africa
WATCH: Ryan Reynolds offers fans a free tattoo in new Deadpool 2 teaser
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.