IGESUND OUT, WHO’S IN?
By: Mbasa Khwaza
Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund’s contract will not be renewed, South African Football Association president Danny Jordaan confirmed on Monday.
Igesund’s contact is expiring on the 31th of August.
He was mandated to qualify for the FIFA World Cup in Brazil and reach the semi-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations earlier this year, but he failed
Bafana were knocked out in the first round of the CHAN 2014 tournament on home turf earlier this year, but the tournament did not form part of Igesund’s mandates.
At the SAFA House in Johannesburg, Jordaan said, “We will not renew Gordon Igesund’s contract. We will look for a replacement coach.”
“The search for the new coach will commence now and we are looking for a candidate who will take Bafana Bafana back to the glory days. He should be someone who takes us to the next level,” Jordaan told reporters at a press conference.
“Bafana Bafana is a global brand. We have to restore the Bafana Bafana brand.”
Attempts to get hold of Igesund, who took over the Bafana reigns in July 2012, proved futile as his phone was on voicemail.
Last week Igesund brushed aside talks of his imminent abdication of the national team duties and was convinced his contract would be renewed.
There have been speculations that Carlos Queiroz, who is taking the Iran national team to the World Cup in Brazil, could be Igesund’s replacement. The Star reported last week that Jordaan and Queiroz met last month to finalise the terms of his contract.
Jordaan said the new coach will be named in due course.