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The coach of the Dube Birds is currently flying back to South Africa following the sacking of Bafana Bafana's Pitso Mosimane

Moroka Swallows coach Gordon Igesund has cut short his trip in China to fly back to South Africa – where he is likely to tie up a deal to become the new South Africa national team coach.

Igesund and the Dube Birds are currently involved in a four-team friendly tournament in China, though it seems he could well have coached the team for the last time following a spectacular 24 hours in South African football.

Pitso Mosimane’s dismissal as national coach was announced in the early hours of this morning following more than 12 hours of discussion between him and Safa.

He was eventually relieved of his duties after a dreadful 1-1 draw against Ethiopia in South Africa’s opening 2014 World Cup qualifying tie; a run of nine competitive matches without a win.

It seems that Safa had already penned an offer for Igesund, and spoke to him at the airport in China.

“I can’t say much; we are boarding in two minutes, but yes, I am flying back to South Africa now,” he said.

Igesund has made no secret of his desire to coach the national team, having on two occasions been snubbed when the job looked like it was his.

Several attempts to get hold of Swallows boss Leon Prins to get his view on the job offer for Igesund, who led the team to a second-placed finish last season, proved futile.