Monday, 20 January 2014

WE MUST NEVER WAKE UP TO THIS: While the Sports Minister rages, Bafana boss Gordon Igesund is "at peace"

Baffling: raging Mbalula and peaceful Igesund
South Africa’s Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula summed up the mood of the nation yesterday, describing Bafana Bafana as “a generation of players we must forget” after the humiliating 3-1 defeat against Nigeria in Cape Town.

Last night’s abysmal 3-1 defeat against an under-strength Nigeria sees the hosts crash out of the CHAN tournament at the first hurdle with the passionate Mbalula also offering this: “Last night we saw a bunch of losers – unbearable useless individuals. We must never wake up to this."

South Africans are accustomed to failure on home soil after going out of the 2010 World Cup in the group stages and missing out on the AFCON semi-finals in a penalty shoot-out. But the CHAN failure – coming despite a series of bizarre penalty decisions in their favour during their opening two matches – takes failure to a whole new level in a tournament open only to home-based players.

Mbalula raged: “The mediocrity we saw yesterday was disgraceful. This tournament has proved we have a crisis of monumental proportions in our national sport.”

Head coach Gordon Igesund is under increasing pressure despite his recent 1-0 friendly win over world champions Spain.

Starting with just one player up front after promising to “go for a win” Igesund made a series of bizarre selections throughout CHAN and appears incapable of raising South Africa’s stock despite protracted negotiations over availability before the tournament.

Mbalula raged: “In Africa we have won nothing – we are the laughing stock. Even Madiba Magic would not have worked. This generation of players we must forget.

“It is back to the drawing board. SAFA must draw up a detailed plan. They must wake up and smell the coffee.”

Igesund, famous for “having a cup of coffee” with (among others) Everton’s Steven Pienaar when he quit international football, insists: "What went wrong? Nigeria are a better side than us. We've got no excuses. We've got to look at ourselves and say that we weren't good enough."

Highlighting his record of 28 games, 14 wins, 7 draws and 7 losses, Igesund said:  “I just have to continue from where I am. I have a contract until June. I'm at peace with where I am."

But SAFA president Danny Jordaan, hoping to present a winning team to new technical sponsors NIKE next month, admitted: “We are facing three challenges - a new technical sponsor, do we need a new name for the team, and we must review the preparation, philosophy and the technical side of things.”


See also: http://neal-collins.blogspot.com/2014/01/grim-gordon-drinking-at-last-chance.html


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4 comments:

  1. Dear Neal

    Gordon emphasizes the point that he did not have the mandate to win the Chan tournament. So according to him it would be unfair to fire him in the absence of the explicit mandate from SAFA to win this tournament. How disingenuous! One then wonders what Gordon thought was expected of him going into this competition? Was it "Okay there is no mandate to win so the default position is I should lose?" The talk of the mandate is the spin claptrap Igesund has fed us since he became coach. Need I remind people that he was given the mandate to make AFCON semi-finals and qualify for the World Cup. What happened to that mandate? In typical Igesund spin doctoring we are now being acutely reminded that he beat Spain. I ask, in which World Cup or tournament? Again ever since he took over he did very well in World Cup qualifiers and that it is a pity that he won three out of four qualifiers and still could not qualify. Need I remind that two of those victories we gained against the war ravaged CAR and another against the ever hapless Botswana. So according to Gordon it should be excusable to lose an important game to Ethopia. To his defence he argued that he found the national team in shambles. Stats however show that the very shambolic Bafana drew with Ethopia and the supposedly improved Bafana lost to the same team. The bottom line is Igesund is just a liar who takes the soccer public for granted. He hates what is good about SA football, but pretends to like it in public. I am happy respectable media people like you are taking a position. The media has duty to expose guys like this. They certainly cannot be part of the future of SA football.

    Khotso

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  2. Dear Neal

    Gordon emphasizes the point that he did not have the mandate to win the Chan tournament. So according to him it would be unfair to fire him in the absence of the explicit mandate from SAFA to win this tournament. How disingenuous! One then wonders what Gordon thought was expected of him going into this competition? Was it "Okay there is no mandate to win so the default position is I should lose?" The talk of the mandate is the spin claptrap Igesund has fed us since he became coach. Need I remind people that he was given the mandate to make AFCON semi-finals and qualify for the World Cup. What happened to that mandate? In typical Igesund spin doctoring we are now being acutely reminded that he beat Spain. I ask, in which World Cup or tournament? Again ever since he took over he did very well in World Cup qualifiers and that it is a pity that he won three out of four qualifiers and still could not qualify. Need I remind that two of those victories we gained against the war ravaged CAR and another against the ever hapless Botswana. So according to Gordon it should be excusable to lose an important game to Ethopia. To his defence he argued that he found the national team in shambles. Stats however show that the very shambolic Bafana drew with Ethopia and the supposedly improved Bafana lost to the same team. The bottom line is Igesund is just a liar who takes the soccer public for granted. He hates what is good about SA football, but pretends to like it in public. I am happy respectable media people like you are taking a position. The media has duty to expose guys like this. They certainly cannot be part of the future of SA football.

    Khotso

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