IMPATIENCE

Former South African player Isaac 'Shakes' Kungwane has said that he is sure that manager Gordon Igesund is about to lose his job due to the impatient nature of the national football Association. South Africa are known to part with their coaches very soon if results do not improve.

South Africa were recently unable to progress into the latter stages of the African Nations championship, which is a tournament held for the locally-based players. South Africa were expected to dominate in this tournament after the recent World Cup 2014 gave them a lot of confidence.

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IGESUND CONFIDENT

South Africa's national team manager Gordon Igesund has said that he is confident that his team will be able to get past Nigeria when the two sides meet each other in the African nations championship.

This tournament, which is held only for the local players, is a prestigious tournament in Africa. South Africa will head into this match leading the table with four points. However, their lead is mainly due to the better goal difference and they would want to take a win from this match in order to retain this spot in the table.

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FAMOUS WIN

South Africa managed one of the most famous victories in their history after achieving a 1-0 win over current world champions Spain. Spain were playing in the same stadium that saw them lift the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

However, they were not able to achieve success this time around after South Africa were quite impressive in the 1-0 win. This result was a feather in the cap for South Africa manager Gordon Igesund, who lavished praise on his team after this impressive win.

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GREAT EXPECTATIONS

South Africa were expected to comfortably win against Zimbabwe in a friendly match between the two teams, but manager Gordon Igesund was given a major shock after his team suffered a 2-1 defeat.

This defeat has sent shockwaves across Africa because South Africa are a popular team with a number of international players. Zimbabwe, meanwhile, are struggling a lot to establish themselves and create an identity for themselves. In order to blend some of the youngsters, Igesund decided to field a young line-up that included a number of local players.

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Betting on French Ligue

Ligue 1 seems to be in the sites of some of football’s richest investors these days and in many ways, it could go the same way as the English Premier League. Monaco and Paris Saint Germain are the currently the two big sides in Ligue 1, with clubs like Marseille and Lyon close behind. Lyon produced a 4-0 win on opening day despite Gomis being unavailable.

They seem to turnover a huge amount of talent at a low cost despite selling star names every season, and as much as a title challenge may be a bit beyond them, they could be a good Coupe de France bet at 9/1.

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COSAFA CUP DEFEAT

South Africa were recently knocked out of the Cosafa Cup by Zambia in a penalty shootout. After the match, South Africa manager Gordon Igesund stated that despite the loss his team at the better team in the match.

The match ended as a 0-0 draw after extra time. Hence, it needed penalties to bring out the winner between the two teams. Zambia came out of the lottery as the winners after a 5-3 score. Igesund made some significant changes to the starting line-up.

The team have just come on the back of a victory against Namibia, but the manager decided to freshen things up.

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IGESUND REFUTRE RUMOURS

South African manager Gordon Igesund has said that he never refused to play at the Cosafa Cup, but he has refused to play a weakened team at this tournament. Officials from the South African Premier league and the football Association of the country will be meeting in order to decide on the players being released for this tournament.

It is understood that the Premier league clubs are not willing to allow their players to join up for the national team.

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CAPE HOPE

Cape Town has been proven to be a difficult place for South Africa, as the team has managed three consecutive defeats in the matches staged at this city.

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TIPPED TO DO WELL

South Africa were expected to do well at the 2013 African cup of nations due to the home advantage, but they crashed out of the tournament in the quarter-final stage itself. The national team, though, was slightly unlucky due to the fact that they had to exit the tournament after their defeat in the quarter-finals against Mali on penalties.

After the exit, the manager Gordon Igesund said that he is extremely proud of his players and they have made an incredible amount of progress since the World Cup. Igesund has been the manager of the national team for the last seven months now.

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SUPPORT MATTERS

South Africa will be playing at home for the 2013 African cup of nations, but the manager of the national team – Gordon Igesund – is not entirely confident that his team will have the best support at this tournament.

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