30 June 2012

South Africa: Gordon Igesund Appointed New Bafana Bafana Head Coach

Gordon Igesund has been appointed as the new Head Coach of the South African Men's Senior National Team (Bafana Bafana).

The announcement was made on Saturday, 30 June 2012 at SAFA House following a meeting of the National Executive Committee (NEC).

The two coaches who were asked to present their credentials for the position - Steve Komphela and Gordon Igesund - were each given a chance to make a presentation to the NEC.

The new Head Coach has been offered a two-year contract with a mandate to reach at least the semi-final in the 2013 AFCON tournament which South Africa will host, as well as qualifying the country for the 2014 FIFA World Cup tournament in Brazil.

"The two coaches each made a presentation to the NEC which also received a report from the SAFA Technical Committee. It is from this process that the decision was arrived at," said SAFA President Kirsten Nematandani.

"It was not an easy decision as both coaches are well-equipped to take Bafana Bafana forward. At the end of the day, it was a unanimous decision and we think the final verdict was in the best interest of the nation."

The SAFA President also appealed to members of the public and media to give the new Head Coach all the support and not judge him on upcoming friendly matches against Brazil and Poland (both away).

"The bigger picture is the 2013 AFCON tournament and qualifying us for Brazil 2014 World Cup," added Nematandani.

Other coaches who were interviewed for the position vacated by Pitso Mosimane are Gavin Hunt of Supersport United, Neil Tovey of Thanda Royal Zulu and Shakes Mashaba of the South African Under 23 National Team.

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