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.
However, they could not even reached the knockout stages of this tournament. There have also been allegations that the manager tried to influence players with aspects like bonuses during the tournament. It is expected that Igesund will clear his name over these allegations. However, he may not be the South African manager for too long according to Kungwane. He has also criticised the quickfire policy of the football Association by saying that any manager needs time to implement his ideas.
South Africa also failed to do well at the 2010 World Cup despite being the host. Kungwane says that sacking managers alone is not the solution to the problem. He wants the youth coaches to change their mentality as well.
“There have been a lot of news headlines that he even tried to influence player bonuses, so I think it is going to be difficult for him to stay on. As we all know, Safa are trigger happy, so I don’t see him retaining his job. The problem is that we are so impatient. Even in our PSL [Premier Soccer League], we can’t play a 16-year-old or a 17-year-old because of the coaches in this country. They are so scared of losing that [player] they even resort to playing negative football,” said Kungwane.
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.
Mozambique are bottom of the table after having not taken any points so far. Nigeria’s national team won the African cup of nations recently, but it is thought that South Africa are stronger in this tournament due to the better quality of local players. Igesund says that he will not play for a draw in this match given the strength of the opponents. He has always taken to matches with a winning attitude and this will not change for this encounter.
Igesund also believes that previous history between the two teams does not account to anything for this encounter, which will be won or lost on the pitch.
Nigeria recently beat South Africa 2-0, but Igesund recalled that South Africa largely fielded a reserve team consisting of the locally based players.
“Playing for a draw is a dangerous thing for any team to do. You have to go out and play to win. My philosophy has always been to play to win. But when you start thinking about trying to play for a draw then you are doing the wrong thing and you end up making incorrect decisions. I cannot compromise my principles which are to win every match – if the other team scores three then you score four,” says Igesund.
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.
Spain were extremely poor throughout the match, as they failed to make clear-cut opportunities. South Africa were organised in defence, but they managed to take advantage of the break in the second half. Bernard Parker scored the only goal of the game just into the second-half. Even though this match was a friendly, South Africa managed stun the opposition with the defending and commitment. Igesund has said that the team executed the tactical instructions to perfection, which was the main reason behind the victory.
“It’s a fantastic result. You can’t take it away. I am so pleased that we played a friendly like this, because they are the world champions. You saw their attitude out on the field. They were fighting for their lives out there as well, and I’m just pleased that we were able to give the people something to think about going forward. Tonight, our game plan was fantastic. The players were fantastic. Those are the things which make a coach very happy,” Igesund said following the final whistle.
Spain have been known as the team that have a lot of possession, but that did not exactly translate into goals because South Africa were happy to let them have the ball in certain areas of the pitch. Igesund has revealed that he cannot be more happy as a coach.
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.
Hence, they were not expected to be at their peak in this match, but Igesund would not have expected this kind of performance either. After a goalless first half, Musona gave Zimbabwe the lead in the second half in the 51st minute. The 90th minute goal from Malajila put the game beyond any doubt for Zimbabwe. Parker scored in injury time to give a consolation for South Africa. Despite this loss, though, Igesund feels that this match will be a good learning curve for the young players. He says that sometimes young players learn more when they are involved in a defeat rather than victories.
South Africa have been extremely inconsistent in recent months and this defeat is a testament to this fact.
“You can see this was a team that hasn’t played for two and a half months – they came from the COSAFA Cup. But that’s no excuse, sometimes it’s very good to lose games, because when you are trying out and you want to use players as development, and get them going, you want to see whether they can jump up to that level or not,” said the South African manager after the match. South Africa are two points off the table leaders Ethiopia in the World Cup qualifying group.
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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.
Igesund said after the match that he would like to congratulate Zambia, but he said that it never feels nice when a team is defeated on penalties. South Africa hit the post on two occasions during the match and they could have easily won it had they had more luck.
Despite an intimidating home crowd, South Africa’s problems were more down to finishing their opportunities according to the manager. The focus will now be shifting towards the World Cup qualifying. South Africa have an important World Cup qualifying match against Botswana coming up in September.
They will be preparing solely with the purpose of beating Botswana.
“I think it was a very good game of two teams having a go at each other. I would like to congratulate Zambia for the win, although it is never nice to lose on penalties. I thought we were better tonight and as you saw we hit the post twice. I am just disappointed for the boys because I would have loved to see them in the final because they gave their all. The crowd did not affect us because we stuck to our game plan and took the game to our opposition, it is just unfortunate we could not get the desired result,” said Igesund.
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.
Igesund has clarified that he never refused to take part in the Cosafa Cup, but he has refused to do so with a weakened team because it would affect the teams ranking.
The tournament will be taking place in Zambia in July and it is a regional tournament. The football Association are expected to request around 12 players to be released for international duty. Due to the fact that South Africa are one of the seeded teams in the competition, they will be starting from the quarter-final stage. Igesund has said that there is a real danger of the team’s rankings plummeting if they go to this tournament with a weakened team and suffer a defeat.
The team is currently ranked 56th in the world by FIFA, and the results of Cosafa Cup are used in the calculation of the rankings.
“I have never said I don’t want to go to the Cosafa Cup. What I said was that we need to decide what team we send there. If I get 12 or 15 players of the current team, I’ll be happy. We will have to do our best there because the results might have huge repercussions. If we go there with a junior team and lose, people will say we are useless. We can’t go there as some development team – we have to go as Bafana,” said Igesund.
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.
However, manager Gordon Igesund has said that he has no problem with playing matches at Cape Town, and he is confident that his team will be able to get three points against Central African Republic. South Africa prepare for the crucial World Cup qualifying match against Central African Republic. The team comes on the back of a disappointing performance at the African cup of nations. After having played two matches, South Africa are fighting to finish top of group.
Igesund has also said that there is nothing to complain about the atmosphere generated by the home fans within the stadium. South Africa are under pressure to deliver three points from this match if they are to keep up with the likes of Ethiopia at the top of the table. Three points is also extremely essential because the next match will not be until June. South Africa take on both Central African Republic and Ethiopia in the space of one week, which could go a long way in determining the possibility of South Africa playing in their second World Cup.
“I don’t know what happened before, I just know that the last game we played here was against Norway and I was very happy with the way the team played. That was a friendly match and I was experimenting and trying things out, but I think we played fantastic against a team like Norway. I mean, we had 70 per cent possession … we had everything going for us that day. I don’t look what happened before. We will win this weekend and that’s all we have to do,” said the South African manager.
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.
He has now set his sights upon winning the 2015 African cup of nations. South Africa took the lead in the match against Mali through Rantie. However, Mali managed to equalise through a goal from Keita in the second half. It remained the way until the end of the match. Even into the extra time, there was no separating the two teams. When it came to the lottery of the penalties, three South African players missed the penalties, which ultimately resulted in the team going out of the competition. Igesund will now be focusing on preparing his players for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers in the month of March.
“We lost with pride, dignity and passion. We have proven that we can match anybody. It’s just a pity with penalties – it’s the luck of the draw. If I can say that maybe we have made huge strides, we got better and better as the tournament went on. We gave everything out there. We will pick ourselves up and come back stronger. An experience I will never forget. Tonight luck was on Mali’s side. They took their penalty kicks well,” said the South African manager after the defeat to Mali.
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.
The coach has said that he noticed a large section of the crowd that was unhappy with the striker Katlego Mphela in the recent friendly match against Norway. Katlego Mphela missed a number of good opportunities in front of goal in this match, which the Bafana Bafana team lost 1-0. Igesund has said that the players should feel the support from the fans and not the opposite.
He has said that fans should remember the fact that players are human beings as well and they are prone to making mistakes. The negative reaction from the crowd has an equal effect on the player, who will also start thinking negatively and this will affect his performances on the pitch even further. Even though the team did not manage to score many goals in the match against Norway, Igesund is extremely confident that his team will find the back of the net on a regular basis at the African cup of nations. The team will be playing in one more friendly match against Algeria before the tournament.
“There is a great vibe out there, but I don’t think it’s from everybody at the moment. To get a crowd behind you, they (the crowd) have to be realistic and support. The fans are not supporting Katlego Mphela at the moment. Players are human beings. When a player has the support of the crowd, the player wants to get into the opposition area again and again. When the crowd start booing and start saying things, the player starts thinking negatively and he no longer gets into the area, he starts hiding,” Igesund.