Will Gordon Igesund be cleared?

2014-04-13 15:01

Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund and SA Football Association (Safa)vice-president Chief Mwelo Nonkonyana are likely to be cleared of any wrongdoing.

City Press has it on good authority the investigations into allegations that Igesund tried to influence players to ask for more bonuses during the African Nations Championship tournament in January failed to uncover any irregularities.

Igesund will lead the team against Australia and New Zealand next month but it is highly unlikely his contract, which expires in August, will be renewed.

Nonkonyana appeared before a Safa disciplinary committee hearing on Wednesday and according to the source, the committee will recommend to Safa’s national executive committee (NEC) that his suspension be lifted.

Nonkonyana was in the dock after publicly telling Igesund to win the African Nations Championship or relinquish his job.

The NEC, Safa’s highest policy-making body, will meet soon to

deliberate on the task committee chaired by Advocate Norman Arendse’s findings and recommendations, as well as the disciplinary committee’s decision.

They will then make the decision.

The source within the task team told City Press they could not get incriminating evidence against Igesund as not all the people invited came forward.

Arendse did not give much away, except to say the outcome of the probe would be interesting.

He said he was compiling the report and would submit it to Safa president Danny Jordaan.

“Although some people did not honour our invitation to come forward with information, we are satisfied that those who appeared have given us more than enough. We have made certain recommendations and all I can say is that it will be interesting,” said Arendse.

The beleaguered Igesund is confident of being cleared as he maintains he did nothing wrong. Igesund broke his silence and said the truth would set him free.

He believes he will be cleared and his contract will be renewed, and he will lead the team to the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers in Morocco.

He said the allegations were totally unnecessary and unfounded as they put his integrity on the line.

“I have been in football for 40 years and for these kinds of allegations to be levelled against me is annoying, as my integrity and honesty was questioned,” said Igesund.

“All of a sudden, there are allegations.“Allegations about Khune – the doctor’s reports are there. Allegations about agents – there’s no such thing. “Allegations about asking players to do certain things, and players saying certain things which they didn’t.

“The truth will always set you free.” He said he was happy with the probe as he was afforded the opportunity to state his case. “I am happy everything came out. I have always been confident.”

He said he could accept it if people questioned his coaching philosophy or said he was a bad coach, but it was unacceptable to question his integrity.

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