Safa: Igesund must guide Bafana to Chan 2014 final or resign

Safa wants Bafana to reach the final of the Chan 2014, and confirms that Igesund will be shown the door if he fails to deliver on this mandate

The newly elected South African Football Association (Safa) leadership has not wasted time to hand Bafana coach Gordon Igesund his first mandate.

Safa vice-president Chief Mwelo Nonkonyana, speaking on behalf of Safa, demands Igesund to reach the final of the 2014 Chan to be hosted in South Africa, citing that the nation wants to see improvements.

“All we are saying is that Chan 2014; Bafana Bafana must perform, simple. They must win that tournament, at worse they must be in the final,” Nonkonyana told reporters.

“We are now sick and tired to have Bafana only participating by mere fact that they are hosting. They must now participate because they are one of the best teams in Africa,” he said.

Nonkonyana says Safa will not continue with the coach [Igesund] if he cannot deliver on his mandate, and he wants to see a consistency from the national team.

“As a former owner of a club I cannot hire a coach if that coach cannot deliver. The coach must deliver what ourselves as owners of the club, supporters of the club and community want and that is to win.

“And again as you know, you cannot have players that cannot deliver. Clearly you must change. We can only hope that Gordon Igesund and the entire technical team are aware of the heavy responsibility that they are shouldering at the present moment to make sure that we put an end to that stigma; the stigma of Bafana being like a rand today. One can’t determine if they are good or bad. That must come to an end,” said Nonkonyana.

South Africa are in the same group as Nigeria, DR Congo and Mozambique and Nonkonyana believes Bafana shouldn’t have problems progressing to the next round.

“Clearly Chan 2014 must be the start of the brighter future for Bafana Bafana. It’s either the coach will come to us and do an honourable thing and say thanks I played my part, I failed and I think it’s time to go home before being asked by us,” concluded Nonkonyana.

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