Bafana coach Gordon Igesund has now shifted his focus from the 2014 World Cup qualifiers to the Cosafa Cup
This comes after the Safa president Kirsten Nematandani confirmed that Igesund will remain in charge of the Bafana squad until at least 2015.
Igesund said he is going to give every player an equal chance to play in the Cosafa Cup, and he will be looking at a few players from different teams.
“In the next couple of days I'm going to identify a few players that I need from each (PSL) team,” said Igesund.
Igesund added that he would understand if certain players cannot be released by the clubs, because the tournament doesn’t fall within Fifa’s calendar, but he wants the best possible squad.
“If there are six players I'd like to call up from a certain team, I'll find out which of the players the club can release. Perhaps owing to injury, there might be one or two players that they don't want to release, in which case I'll understand,” he said.
“Working together we will get a strong team going to the tournament,” added Igesund.
With Igesund hoping to get majority of the players from the PSL teams, it remains to be seen how he is going to convince the newly appointed PSL CEO Brand De Villiers to at least allow teams to release the players he requires.
De Villiers was appointed the new PSL CEO on Thursday afternoon, and he will be taking over from Cambridge Mokanyane.
The 56-year-old Igesund said the priority is to improve on the Fifa rankings, but he understands that can only be achieved if they start taking tournament like these seriously.
“Our priority is to ensure that we are in good standing on the FIFA rankings,” concluded Igesund.
Bafana can use this tournament to help them prepare for their final 2014 World Cup qualifier match against Botswana in September, as there is a slim chance that they can still qualify for the playoff round.
South African fans learnt on Wednesday that Ethiopia could lose yet another three points after fielding the player in question (Minyahile Beyene) against Bafana on June 16, hence raising eyebrows on whether Beyene should have played or not.
Should Walia Antelopes be docked six points, then Bafana would require a win against Botswana in their final group match.
However, Bafana could still qualify even if Ethiopia are docked three points that they gained against Botswana on June 8, should the South African national team win their final game and Ethiopia fail to beat CAR, because Fifa use goal difference when the two teams are tied on points at the end of the final match.
It's been reported in most high profile media in South Africa that Ethiopia could lose six points for also fielding their suspended player against Bafana. The Fifa rules are not absolutely clear on this matter which is why Fifa will need to decide. Goal remains impartial on the case, not favouring either action, and like all media are simply reporting the possibilities that will be discussed in the case. It did seem more likely that only three points will be deducted. A South African referee and leading media pundits have also voiced their views and expert opinion about further deductions, but eventually only Fifa will make a fair judgment in the best interest of fair play to Ethiopia, South Africa and world football - Editor, Ignat Manjoo.
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