Gordon Igesund would ‘seriously consider taking Bafana job’

2009-10-15 00:00

MARITZBURG United coach Gordon Igesund has said he would seriously consider taking the Bafana Bafana job if it were offered to him, but that his focus at present is on his club duties.

Four-time PSL title-winner Igesund has been a candidate to coach the national team on a number of occasions and his name is always mentioned when there is speculation surrounding the position.

“At the moment I have got my obligation to Maritzburg United and I am very happy here and have still got a team to build at the club,” Igesund said yesterday.

“But obviously the chance to coach the national team is one that any coach could not turn down and I’d be lying if I did not admit to that. Whenever there is speculation about the national team coaching job my name does get mentioned and I am always one of the candidates, and few coaches could ever turn down an opportunity to coach their national side as hosts of the World Cup.

“But for that to happen Safa would have to speak to my employers, Maritzburg United. And until something happens to the current coach’s job, and until Safa come to ask me that question, I can’t think about it and my focus is completely on Maritzburg United and the job I have to complete here.”

Turning towards Maritzburg’s game against Moroka Swallows at Dobsonville Stadium on Saturday, Igesund said United used the two-week break in the league to iron out the glaring mistakes they made in their 5-1 thrashing to Mamelodi Sundowns at Woodburn Stadium last Friday night.

“We’ve worked very hard these two weeks on eradicating the silly mistakes we made against Sundowns. We’ve put a high emphasis on the situations that we allowed ourselves to get compromised in, like the closing down of spaces, the not marking tightly enough and losing our shape at the back.

“We’ve got a lot of confidence in our players and we want to put that poor performance behind us now. We’re playing on a beautiful pitch and the most encouraging part is that our away form has been very good this season, so I am sure we can bounce back with a positive result on Sunday.”

United have lost just one of their five away games this season, drawing three and beating Kaizer Chiefs at Orlando Stadium.

Despite their setback against Sundowns, the team are still solidly in mid-table in 10th place, though will want to not let things slide too much following a potentially demoralising defeat.

United’s next four matches, away to 13th-placed Swallows then three home games against Jomo Cosmos on Wednesday, Mpumalanga Black Aces (October 28) and Free State Stars (October 31), would seem to present a good opportunity for United to pick up points.

“The situation in the league is so tight that if you win one game you can go to fifth place, and if you lose one you can fall three or four places,” Igesund said.

“It’s still very early days, but poor results can create stress because you have to rectify things, and you don’t want to get into a hole because it can be hard to dig yourself out of it.

“We want to keep to our aim of being in the top eight and finishing there, and we want to aim for our target of 20 points from our first 13 games.”

Striker Fadlu Davids is suspended, while Peter Petersen pulled up with a knee injury in training yesterday and will be assessed.

• United are making a bus available for their supporters who wish to travel to Dobsonville on Sunday. The return trip will cost R200, excluding ground tickets. The trip is subject to 65 supporters being available and having paid by no later than 3.30 pm tomorrow. Tickets available from the club offices at 397 Victoria Road. The bus will depart from the Market Square at 7.30 am sharp and return immediately after the game.

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