Igesund disappointed despite Bafana victory

Bafana’s efforts were not enough to take them through to the third round of the World Cup qualifiers and Igesund admits that it’s disappointing

Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund expressed his delight at their 4-1 win over Botswana in the 2014 Fifa World Cup qualifier match at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday.

Igesund said he knew that Bafana were going to be clinical in front of goal, because of the kind of football that they had playing recently.

“Obviously I’m very pleased with the results. I said before without sounding to confident, we worked on a lot of things and I always said goals were going to come when we play the way I know we can play,” Igesund said after the match.

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The Bafana mentor congratulated his boys on their impressive performance against Botswana which ensured that they finish second on the Group A log.

“I’ve got to say congratulations to our team. I thought they were outstanding in the first half and we did what we had to do in the second half,” he said.

Nonetheless, Igesund was disappointed that Bafana failed to qualify for the third round despite winning three of his four games in charge of the team.

“It’s a huge disappointment for us not to qualify, also for me personally because I have been in charge of four qualifiers and won three of them. So, for me it is very disappointing for us not to go to the World Cup,” he said.

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Botswana coach Stanley Tshosane said Bafana were fortunate to score four goals, but he believes his players did well to contain them in the first 30 minutes of the game.

“We had a very good plan. We managed to contain them up to almost 30 minutes. I think South Africa were very lucky, because all the goals that they scored were just bonuses from my players,” said Tshosane after the match.

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