“I have a contract until 2014,” Igesund said, after failing to guide the team to the World Cup.
“I had a mandate to get us to the semifinals of the Africa Cup of Nations. I didn’t do that. I thought we might have been unlucky to lose on penalties. And getting us to the World Cup, I couldn’t do more than I have done with three wins in four games.
“Whatever anybody wants to do or say, they are entitled to that. After the Afcon I was told by Safa that they are very, very happy and that I will continue until 2014. The way I see things, there are no mandates now. I am here until 2014, unless something else happens.”
In 2014, 31 nations will descend to Brazil for the global showpiece which Bafana Bafana will watch from home. Despite thrashing Botswana 4-1 at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday – thanks to a brace by Bernard Parker with Kermit Erasmus and Dean Furman also among the scorers – the outfit didn’t finish on top of Group A. Ethiopia finished on top after beating Central African Republic 2-1 to reach the play-offs where the 10 group winners will fight for five spots allocated to Africa in the 2014 World Cup.
After this failure, Igesund preached consistency.
“In the past 10 or eight years we have looked for a quick fix,” Igesund said.
“There has been no continuity. No identity, no playing style. It’s been playing of the cusp. People saying let’s bring this coach in, three months before we go to the Afcon maybe he can win it for us. Everyone wants to win immediately, it doesn’t happen like that. We can continue from this. Whoever comes in as the coach in 2014 must continue where we left off.”
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