Gordon Igesund to Remain as South Africa’s Coach

Despite the team failing to reach the semi-finals of the African Nations Cup, Gordon Igesund will stay on as coach.

Despite not fulfilling his contractual obligations, Gordon Igesund will remain as coach of South Africa’s national football team. When Igesund was made coach of last June, he was told that the team must reach at least the semi-finals of the African Nations Cup.

Last Saturday the South African team lost on penalties in the quarter-finals against Mali, however, the South African Football Association president Kirsten Nematandani said that South Africa “were the better side, so to me, they have gone into the semi-finals, but not a recognised semi-final.”

Nematandani went on to say that they “want to be more patient with coaches in the future, but at the same time a coach must give you results.”

Instead the team will now focus on qualifying for the 2018 World Cup; Nematandani said that “In eight years a coach might have more of an impact on a national team. Actually, experts will tell you tha ta target that is as far ahead as 2022 should be set and we are already nine years from that World Cup.”

In the meantime the team are also preparing for qualifiers for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil where they will be hoping to see some success.