Gordon Igesund is the man
After firing Pitso Mosimane as Bafana Bafana coach the SA Football Association (Safa) decided to keep things local, instead of going overseas in search of a replacement. It was a great move and there was no doubt in my mind as to who occupy the hot seat.
Safa did the right and appointed that man in Gordon Igesund. Igesund’s coaching history speaks volumes. It is still a mystery to millions of South Africans as to why he was ignored for so many years. I guess Gordon will not want to dwell much on that now that his time is come.
With the formalities out of the way, Igesund does not have much time to try and restore the battered image of our beloved Bafana. The team was fast-becoming a laughing stock. With the demands of the job, Igesund will literally have to hit the ground running – no time to experiment, only instant results.
I believe Gordon took this job knowing all the challenges that come with it. One has to admit he is up against it. However, having followed his coaching career, Gordon is one never to shy away from a challenge. What better way of proving himself once and for all at an international stage.
Many pointed to his style of play as a disadvantage. However, looking at how his former team Moroka Swallows played last season, one has to admit that he is a coach who is not one-dimensional. Who can forget his stay at Mamelodi Sundowns when he led the Brazillians to league glory and having played one of their best football, embarrassing their most illustrious opponents in Kaizer Chiefs. Forty nine passes that Sundowns completed in that match without Chiefs touching the ball!
With Safa’s mandate to qualify for Brazil World Cup in two years’ time and take Bafana Bafana to the semifinals of the African Cup of Nations to be held in South Africa next year, I would say Gordon fits in perfectly. Saving Swallows from relegation and turning them into a formidable side that challenged for the league last season is no mean feat. He achieved this with what many referred to as ‘rejects’. His passion to win is something that Bafana needs at this moment. This is the man who rarely gives excuses for lack of success in his team.
Igesund is a breath of fresh air that for so long Bafana Bafana badly needed. He also comes to this job without any baggage, unlike some other candidates who had their chances with the national teams but failed to make any impression.
For Gordon to succeed it is the responsibility of every football-loving South African. We owe it to ourselves to help this man turn things around for our national team. We have proven it before that if we pull to one direction we are an unbeatable unit. Let us rally behind the new man and allow him to do what he does best – winning.
Judging from the comments on newspapers from his former players, it looks like the glory days for Bafana could be back again.
Judging or criticising him before he even assembles his own technical team and the playing staff, will have dire results, something our football can do without.
Let’s give him a chance and be patient with him like we did with many others before him even when the results were not forthcoming. History shows that those who kept their faith in him lived to enjoy the fruits of their patience.
In Igesund I trust. Bafana Bafana are on their way up again.
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