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Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund could be without a job by the time South Africa have to qualify for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations

South African Football Association (Safa) President Danny Jordaan says Bafana Bafana head coach Gordon Igesund's position as national mentor is safe for now, but has hinted that a restructuring of the technical team could see the 56-year-old lose his job before his contract expires in June this year.

"There will be a comprehensive review," Jordaan said of the national coach's position.

"The National Executive Committee (of Safa) will meet early February. In the next month or so, we have to have a review of how we put the team on the field.

"These are the questions that the National Executive Committee of Safa will probe. It's not just a substitution process, it's actually a new plan."

South Africa crashed out of the African Nations Championship following a heavy 3-1 defeat against Nigeria in their final group A clash at Cape Town Stadium on Sunday evening, stumbling at the first hurdle and failing to make it out of the group stage.

“I am fully aware that the national team needs urgent attention and we are dealing with the situation," Jordaan added.

"We have a meeting already scheduled in early February where the team name, technical staff and technical sponsorship will be addressed.

"Big changes are underway at Safa, not just at the national team level but at grassroots. If we want to build a winning team for the future we have to have efficient structures in place right from school level."

Igesund was hired in September 2012 and has a contract until June of this year, but is now in danger of not seeing out that agreement, as Safa look elsewhere and toward a new direction for the national team.

Following his team's defeat on Sunday, Igesund was adamant that Bafana had come on in leaps and bounds under his leadership, while taking the opportunity to focus on some of the positives that he and the team had achieved since he took over as national coach, pleading his case that he still had plenty to offer Safa as head coach.

“Somewhere along the line, whenever you get employed, you get employed to be fired eventually at some time but I’m quite happy where I am,” Igesund said.

“We have played 28 games, we’ve won 14 of those, that’s 50%. We’ve lost seven and we’ve drawn seven.

“Along the way we’ve beaten Spain and we’ve scored 40 goals. So we are still working and going forward. There have been huge improvements in our football, which I’m quite happy about

“Obviously this is a great opportunity for people to get on and say whatever they want to say, but that’s fine. If you look at the record, I’m quite happy with it and there’s aren’t many records better than that at the moment.”

 

 

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