Category: Football Created on Tuesday, 03 July 2012 06:50 Published Date
by MTHULISI SIBANDA
South Africa Bureau
JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) - THE South African Football Association appealed to the local football fraternity to give new national senior team’s coach, Gordon Igesund, support ahead of the friendly matches against Brazil and Poland.
SAFA President, Kirsten Nematendani, appealed to the public and the media not to judge the record-holding coach by the results of the matches.
“The bigger picture is the 2013 AFCON tournament and qualifying us for Brazil 2014 World Cup,” said Nematandani days after Igesund assumed the job.
SAFA appointed the popular Igesund to the hotseat this past weekend.
The tactician will have his work cut out to lift the team’s spirits following a disappointing start to the World Cup 2014 qualifiers.
Bafana Bafana, as the former pride of the nation is otherwise known, are emerging from a disastrous run of form under Pitso Mosimane.
Igesund, who has tasted league glory with Manning Rangers, Santos, Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns, was always the odds-on favourite to succeed the beleaguered Mosimane.
The blonde gaffer guided Swallows to a credible second finish in the 2011/12 Absa Premiership campaign.