Absa Premiership

Igesund calls for discipline amongst footballers

Gordan Igesund (Gallo Images)
Gordan Igesund (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - New Highlands Park coach Gordon Igesund has urged South African footballers to manage their careers with more consideration of their long-term future.

One of the most decorated managers in the Premiership era, whose career in coaching started at Witbank Spurs in 1985, feels the rise and fall of professional footballers are unnecessary.

Igesund feels discipline and professionalism are key in all aspects in order to be successful, both on and off the field of play.

The four-time Premiership-winning coach claims too many players take the money for granted and need to learn how to cope with sudden sources of wealth, while they have it.

"Footballers of today's generation have to realise that football is a business," the former Bafana Bafana head coach told KickOff.

"If you work in the bank you have to be there on time and do your things properly, you got be disciplined and you've got to work very hard, and football is no different.

"I think sometimes footballers take their lives way too easy. They are more concerned about going to the shopping centre after training instead of focusing on their training.

"If you know how many SMS's coaches are getting every day from people, ex-players and players who are all telling you that 'please help me I have family but have no money.'

"So players need to understand that this is their job and they need to work very, very hard. You need to come to work, do your job and after that go home and relax."

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