Igesund’s departure from Bafana’s dugout paves the way for the speculation that former Bafana coach Carlos Queiroz, who will coach Iran at the upcoming World Cup in Brazil, or Nigerian coach Stephen Keshi could take over the reins.
But South African Football Association (Safa) president Danny Jordaan said they would leave no stone unturned in their search for Igesund’s successor.
The main reasons why Safa showed Igesund the door was that the four-time PSL championship-winning coach did not meet the mandates set out to him by the mother body.
Those mandates were qualifying for this year’s World Cup in Brazil and also reaching last year’s Africa Cup of Nations semifinals on home soil.
“You cannot keep someone who failed his test,” Jordaan insisted.
Fresh from his Australasian tour last week, Igesund was given a chance to give a presentation yesterday on the pros and cons of what saw him fail in delivering those mandates.
“We needed to deal with this matter as soon as he returned from the trip,” Jordaan said.
“It was a tough day for us, as we had to deal with this issue.”
Against Brazil-bound Australia a week ago yesterday, Bafana drew 1-1; and in their final game of the tour they drew 0-0 with New Zealand on Friday.
Under Igesund, Bafana have been dismal, as they even failed to advance past the group stages of this year’s low-key tournament, the African Nations Championship (Chan) – also on home soil.
However, Jordaan said the Chan tournament was not part of Igesund’s mandate. Jordaan said Igesund’s departure also sees his technical team leave along with him.
“The contracts were running concurrently for all of them,” he said.
This means his assistant Serame Letsoaka and goalkeeper coach Alex Heredia are also out of a job.
Jordaan hinted that Igesund’s successor will be named after the World Cup.
This gives credence to speculation that Keshi or Queiroz might get the job. The two coaches have been linked with the job since Igesund’s future with Safa started looking shaky early this year.
Jordaan said they are finalising the details on who will succeed Igesund. Whoever comes in should herald a new dawn for Bafana Bafana.
“We want to restore the brand Bafana Bafana,” he said. “It is all our hope that we see a new national team.”
Bafana coaches who failed to impress
Carlos Alberto Parreira (2007 – 2009)
Parreira had two stints as Bafana Bafana coach. His first was in 2007, but he resigned after 16 months due to the ill-health of his wife. After resigning he then recommended his countryman Joel Santana, only for Safa to bring him back again in 2009 for a second stint, which saw him lead Bafana at the 2010 World Cup as hosts. It was under him that SA became the first World Cup hosts to crash out in the group stages. His contract expired in July 2010 and it was not renewed.
Joel Santana (2008-2010)
In April 2008, Santana replaced his countryman Carlos Alberto Parreira as Bafana Bafana coach. He was appointed by Safa at Parreira’s behest. After a string of poor results, including failure to qualify for the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations, Santana was dismissed from the post in October the following year. The notable poor streak saw Bafana lose eight out of nine matches. His compatriot Parreira returned to lead the country at the World Cup.
Pitso Mosimane (2010-2012)
Mosimane lasted two years as national coach. He was appointed in August 2010 following Parreira’s departure. He was seen as one local coach who had gained from all the Brazilian methodology that Parreira envisaged Bafana could adopt. But after failing to see the team grow in their displays, including failure to guide them to the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations, he was sacked. His last game in charge was Bafana’s 1-1 draw against Ethiopia in a World Cup qualifier in Rustenburg in June 2012.
Gordon Igesund (2012-2014)
The four-time PSL championship-winning coach was appointed in July 2012 following the sacking of Pitso Mosimane. Igesund was considered the right man after a rigorous process which saw Steve Komphela, Neil Tovey, Gavin Hunt and Shakes Mashaba present their plans for the national team. After appointing Igesund, Safa mandated him to make sure the team qualified for this year’s World Cup and also reach the semifinals of last year’s Africa Cup of Nations. However, he failed to fulfil both those mandates.
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