Igesund - A lot of work to be done
While many believe Gordon Igesund is the saviour for South Africa’s national football team, the 56-year-old, while admitting his joy in being awarded the position, says ‘there is a lot of work to be done’.
“Obviously there is a lot of work to be done at the moment – there is so much to be done,” admits new Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund.
On his appointment Igesund said he wants to make South Africans proud of their national team.
“It is every coach’s dream to coach his national team and that is where I am now. When I was announced as the national team coach I had a lot of emotions in me – those emotions were pride, passion and privilege to coach a national team.
“The national team is an asset, a South African asset, and it belongs to the whole of South Africa, so we need to embrace that and try and make us all proud again by playing winning and attacking football,” said the new Bafana coach.
Igesund is expected to hit the ground running and has been given a strict mandate by SAFA which will see South Africa reach at least the semifinals of the 2013 African Cup of Nations and qualify for the 2014 World Cup.
But in order for that to happen Igesund is aware things need to improve.
“It is obvious that we need to improve our win rate – we need to start winning games, we need to start playing more attacking football, we need to start scoring goals – there is a lot of work to be done.
“The African Cup of Nations is around the corner now and we have to do well in that and I think we can do that. And then of course prepare and hopefully we can qualify for the World Cup,” concluded the four time PSL title winning coach.
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