After South Africa lost 3-1 against Nigeria, crashing out early in Chan, the president of Safa wants to ring the changesSouth Africa coach Gordon Igesund only had just over a week to work with his squad, compared to other teams which had a month. They also only played one preparation game, against an NFD team instead of a proper international test.
Igesund had already complained about their lack of training together when he scheduled a post Christmas session, only for the program to be cancelled so that the PSL players could have a Christmas and New Year break.
In hindsight the amount of fixtures played in South Africa is much less than that in Europe for teams who have Champions League plus three other competitions. South Africa could have been much stronger if Orlando Pirates and SuperSport United players were available for Chan.
After beating Spain and having a good World Cup qualifying record, it wouldn't be fair for Igesund to be under pressure due to Chan which isn't the real Bafana Bafana team. SA just suffered the away loss to Ethiopia being their only dropped points under Igesund, which was more down to the freakish, unlucky own goal by Bernard Parker because Bafana dominated them away. Igesund deserves time with the proper international team, and Chan has offered him a training opportunity with most players who probably won't feature for Bafana.
Rumours have circled that Dr Danny Jordaan wants to change the coach too in his sweeping improvements for a stronger national team. However Igesund is the best coach in the country by far, and the nation needs their best coaches to patiently turn their football around. It doesn't happen overnight, but over the process of at least two years. Development improvements can take longer, and it'd be much easier with a local coach than a foreigner who would need more time to understand the soccer climate and requirements forward.
Here's what Jordaan had to say about his plans for South African soccer:
“I am fully aware that the national team needs urgent attention and we are dealing with the situation," Jordaan said.
"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."
"Chan rules restrict the competition to home-based players and some teams refused to release the players who might have made a difference to the result.
"This is not an excuse it is the reality of the situation. We could not field our best team because of restrictions.
“Things will change and sooner rather than later. We are going to create a new era where South Africa takes its rightful place as a top African football nation and one that is respected in world football," he said.
"This is the task I have undertaken and I will not rest until we can hold our heads up in pride," said Jordaan.
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