Igesund sacked as Bafana coach

Igesund wasn't part of the press conference that was led by Safa president Dr Danny Jordaan, who broke the news to members of the media gathered at Safa House
The South African Football Association (Safa) has confirmed that Gordon Igesund's contract will not be renewed when it comes to an end next month.

Igesund, who has been in charge of Bafana Bafana since 2012, was informed of the decision to let him go on Monday afternoon following a meeting with the association.

He was set to be sacked in last Saturday's National Executive Committee meeting, but it was agreed that he needs to meet with Safa before his future can be made public.

Safa president Dr Danny Jordaan admitted that they have a few candidates that will replace Igesund after the 2014 Fifa World Cup, as Bafana will begin their 2015 Afcon qualifiers.

Jordaan revealed that Igesund's contract was clear, that he needed to reach the semifinals of the 2013 Afcon as well as guiding Bafana to the 2014 Fifa World Cup.

Despite media reports that Safa already has a new coach in Carloz Queiroz, Jordaan said that the search for Igesund's successor will begin immediately.

Stephen Keshi is also among the top candidates for the Bafana hot seat with others believing that Shakes Mashaba, who was present in the press conference today, should make a return to the senior national team.

Mashaba is currently in charge of SA's U/20 team, and it remains to be seen if Safa will have enough confidence in the former Orlando Pirates hard-tackling defender.