Gordon Igesund has been given the backing of the South Africa Football Association to continue as coach of the national football team, despite a disappointing run of results during his 18 months in the job.
There had been a number of reports on soccer betting websites suggesting Igesund would be sacked following a poor performance at the recent African Nations Championship.
South Africa hosted the tournament for home-based players but failed to reach the second round, leading the country’s sports minister, Fikile Mbalula, to label the team “a bunch of losers”.
After failing to qualify for this summer’s World Cup, the Bafana Bafana fans are only able to look forward to the upcoming friendly against this summer’s hosts, Brazil, in Johannesburg in March while a number of rival African nations look forward to this summer’s tournament.
A joint meeting of the Safa Technical and International Affairs Committees on Thursday ended with Igesund being told he will remain in the job for the duration of his current contract, which runs until the end of June. However, it looks unlikely that the 57-year old will be kept on after that unless he can turn things around dramatically between now and the summer.
“The meeting decided that the Association does not want to act in an impromptu manner but rather, must plan systematically for immediate and future programs of the Men’s Senior National Team and all of the other national teams, men and women.”
“In this regard, the meeting decided that the Head Coach must continue with his work and in particular, get the Men’s Senior National Team ready for the match between Bafana Bafana and Brazil scheduled for 05 March 2014,” confirmed a statement printed on several football betting websites.