Gordon Igesund will continue in his position as Bafana Bafana coach according to Safa President Kirsten Nematandani, who insisted that the coach’s immediate future is not under discussion.
Following South Africa’s 2-1 loss against Ethiopia on Sunday, reports have circulated regarding the coach’s future, but Nemantandani quashed any thoughts of his dismissal on Tuesday.
“We are aware of the media reports doing rounds about Gordon’s future,”Nematandani said.
“One thing must be made clear here, the coach’s future is not under discussion. He is the Bafana Bafana coach and we have a contract with Gordon until next year and I don’t know where the media is picking the story that we would meet the coach to talk about his contract. There is nothing like that.”
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Nematandani is concentrating on the future for Bafana Bafana and believes that Gordon Igesund is the right man to take the national team forward in their endeavors.
“We still have that match to play and also the Cosafa Cup next month. Once we are done with that we have to start looking at the CHAN as well as the qualification for the 2015 Afcon,” he said.
The Safa President enthused that the team’s fighting spirit has impressed him, as the side overcame logistical nightmares during their travels.
“We have to commend Bafana Bafana for their fighting spirit against CAR [Central African Republic] and Ethiopia. If anything, our players can never be accused of not trying, especially against Ethiopia.
“They went down fighting and were just unfortunate on the day. We have to give credit to Gordon and his technical team for instilling that kind of fighting spirit.”
In a poll conducted earlier today on Goal South Africa, 91% of readers agree with Nematandani’s sentiments with regards to Igesund’s future.