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Mon Nov 30 15:26:20 SAST 2015

Bafana coach misses his goal but still scores: iLIVE

Sabata Kambule, by e-mail | 08 February, 2013 00:06
Bafana coach Gordon Igesund's contract extension has raised eyebrows

Does Safa honestly believe that the results Bafana have obtained so far warrant the extension of Gordon Igesund's contract ("Nematandani throws Igesund a lifeline", February 5)?

Who has reviewed his performance since Bafana's exit from the Africa Cup of Nations, or is this a decision taken only by a chosen few?

I agree wholeheartedly that he is the best coach we have but his contract was clear - it had key performance indicators and the target was an Afcon semifinal. He did not reach it.

Therefore, in terms of the law of contracts, Safa has no obligation to extend the coach's contract.

The association is setting a bad precedent. I thought Safa would just leave him at the helm and see how he fares in the qualifiers for next year's World Cup in Brazil.

After that, he could submit a technical report and Safa could take it from there.

The national football body is being run like a taxi rank. It's high time that we, as supporters, write about our dissatisfaction [with Safa].

If Igesund could not deliver on the original contract, how confident are we that he is going to deliver now?

We struggled playing against teams in the top 60 in the world. How are we going to fare against teams in the top 20?

I support Igesund but do not understand how Safa managed to pull this one. It asked for semis when it knew it only wanted the runners-up of the group.

If it were not for the mandate that he should reach the Afcon semis, Igesund would have had enough time to pick the team he wanted.

He had good passengers in the bus, whom he didn't use - they were hard done by.

Also, we need to introduce more new faces in our team.

I'm talking about players who are not older than 25 for the defence, and players who are not older than 23 as midfielders and strikers.

What's the point of qualifying for Brazil if we know we are going to be a laughing stock again?


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