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Personality is the key for Bafana

Feature: Gordon Igesund and Gavin Hunt have the personality to lead Bafana Bafana

Posted: 6 June 2012 Time: 11:44 am

We've seen dour, negative coaches, both local and foreign, come and go. Bafana Bafana more than ever needs someone with a big personality to lead us forward.

Forget coaching badges and forget former greats of the game, what we need more than ever is a people's person to lead the senior national team.

In this country, more so than many others, we have a pool of footballers who come from vastly varied backgrounds; our rainbow nation players come from a host of different races, religions and socio-economic circumstances.

With a coach who fails to appreciate and adapt to this fact, it can become our Achilles' heel. But with a coach who grasps the complexities and harmonises the team accordingly, it can become our biggest asset.

Brazil are a perfect case in point, their multi-ethnicity having contributed to their perfect blend of flair and tactical discipline over the years. The France of the late 1990s is another example – when players of African decent were thrown into the mix, the French became world beaters. The German national team of recent years provides further proof, so too the Dutch side.

The point being, our diverse population should be working to our advantage, yet, without the right man at the helm, it has not been. This is why I can only hope that Safa are looking internally for the next coach, which only really leaves two serious options: Gavin Hunt and Gordon Igesund. Which man do you want for the job? Have your say on our Facebook page HERE!

Either man could do the job, but I believe Igesund has the edge over Hunt in terms of his ability to galvanise a team. With some exceptions, South African players lack emotional maturity. Our players prefer the arm around the shoulder to the hair-dryer approach.

Igesund can demand authority when he needs to, but for the most part, he provides a father-like figure, which is exactly what we need right now.

His vast experience has taught him to understand the individual needs of South African players. Like a Sir Alex Ferguson, he knows how to protect his players in public. He knows what to say to create the right perception around his players and team, he knows how to deflect pressure away from his players.

At international level, ability levels amongst players are more or less on a par, with the exception of the individual greats that is.

If you want to win a World Cup, or a Champions League, you generally need a Ronaldo, an Iniesta, a Drogba or a Messi. We don't have these players, but we're not however chasing such glories right now – qualification for Brazil 2014, a last eight place at Africa Cup of Nations, are what we need.

And we do have the talent to do that. It's a case of the players believing in themselves – sport at the highest levels is played very much in the head. It's about confidence, self-belief, harmony in a squad.

This was Pitso Mosimane's biggest downfall. He may or may not have been tactically astute, but it was his personality – sulky, negative, some have said arrogant, that saw the team moving backward, especially when the pressure mounted.

You (the public) and I (the media) didn't help either; together we have helped to create a hostile and negative environment, which would have filtered down to the players. We need to all make a concerted effort to support the new man, and not to become impatient when things don't change overnight.

It's a cliché, but Igesund more than anyone has the personality to be our next Clive Barker. But for this to be effective, fans also need to come to the party, to recreate an atmosphere, if not similar to 1996, then at least conducive to positivity.

We need also to remember where to distinguish where to draw the line in terms of the blame game. It is not a national team coach's fault that a striker cannot convert a simple chance – I agree with Pitso on that one.

Igesund has shown, at Moroka Swallows, at Santos, at Manning Rangers, that he can get players to perform above themselves. That's exactly what Bafana Bafana needs right now for the short term.

For the longer term, its back to Safa again, where the usual applies: we need better structured development, a clear football philosophy, and as Roger de Sa pointed out, continuity between youth international teams and Bafana Bafana.

This has to be Safa's biggest priority after they have named the new coach. They need to sit down and fast-track a comprehensive blueprint so that in years to come the head coach benefits from the pyramid below him, rather than bearing the brunt of an inadequate system, which Pitso may rightly claim to have been the victim of.

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Article by: Anthony McLennan

Previous comments on this story...

Mfana Wa Style
posted: 12:33 pm
The best man for this job was Shakes Mashaba, he was gonna build a team for the next 10 years while development structures are still being put in place. Gordon will perform for 1 year and after, we will be left with no team.
Nebo
posted: 12:35 pm

Since dat post 's vacant let us wait and see de applicant and take it from der. I just wish de former Egyptian coach 's also one of de applicant as for now let Igesund hold de folk when we are stil looking de right one be assisted by Khompela.
SisterP
posted: 12:52 pm
The same rubbish was said about Carlos Perreira, but he did nothing. Just get the best coach for the job. you can not compare sir alex to Gordon. Gordon has never defended league anywhere as much as he won it. He failed dismally at Maritziburg United, Ajax and Free State stars. Give this Job to Philip Trousier or some one who does not buy faces.
Anonymous
posted: 12:56 pm
Get us Bruno Metsu who led Senegal to the 14 final in 2002.
We have shaba, Yeye, Khune,Teko,Serero,Sangweni,Gould,Manyasa over perfoming underrated Khubone,
but we still can't beat lowly ranked Ethopians.
I'm afraid the zebras are gona harass and s.e.x us without a condom.
Milutin Sredojević (HLABARINTO)
posted: 01:14 pm
"So how about we just rope in Pep Guardiola? He’ll surely have Bafana playing like Barcelona in no time, and what do you know, he’s available, if Safa can persuade him out of a sabbatical! Guardiola will surely take just a couple of training sessions to turn Morgan Gould into a Carlos Puyol, Steven Pienaar into Lionel Messi, and Andile Jali into Yaya Toure. There’s just one problem - Chelsea are interested and they might just have a bit more money. "
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hahahaha i could not stop laughing after reading this piece of work from http://www.iol.co.za/sport/soccer/bafana/who-will-be-the-next-coach-1.1312561#.T8831mOvhsg
Anonymous
posted: 01:18 pm
now is the time for safa, media n local fans to rebuild the confidence to our boys
KING?
posted: 01:29 pm

Gordon is one of our own and in him i trust but the idea that he is managed by Mike Makaap just spoils it for me due to conflict of interest.

Kompela has done nothing to deserve this post, he must remain a learner maybe 3 year internship programme to succeed who ever is coming now.

This then leaves Gavin Hunt, again issues of conflict of interest arise.

I know most of you will swear at me when i raise the name Ruud Kroll, this man can save our pride, he has done it all.
Loverboy!!
posted: 01:30 pm
Why is SAFA stressing so much.
gorden will never take us anywhere,same as Hunt.They will keep on selecting under-performing players due to past record(goal of the tournament)

My CV has been sent,let these moegoes Mokonyane & co appoint the unknown(me)-the result will come quick with nice futball touches.

I will even force the change in foreign influx,too much Zimbos in our futbal
Jam Jam
posted: 01:34 pm
Mfana Wa Style: 2012-06-06 12:33

The best man for this job was Shakes Mashaba, he was gonna build a team for the next 10 years while development structures are still being put in place. Gordon will perform for 1 year and after, we will be left with no team.

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@ Mfana wa Style
I am with you that Shakes Mashaba was the best coach.
I am sure that SAFA is now eating humble pie for sacking Shakes who was winning the games.
NB. Shakes was fired for getting rid of overseas players who undermines the national call-up, which was a good actions to build the future Bafana Bafana from the committed youngsters

Anonymous
posted: 01:36 pm
KING:2012-06-06 13:29
I know most of you will swear at me when i raise the name Ruud Kroll, this man can save our pride, he has done it all.
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At least you know that your suggestion is a crap, that's why you are saying many will swear.

Why can't we try our own Murinho Sello Chokwe..
Nebo
posted: 01:39 pm

@KING, time 's not on our side de Galaxy we need points as soon as now, so Ruud wil took to long to bring dat points de matter worse 's de avarage players we currently had in our national team.
Donald Duck
posted: 01:39 pm
Hlabarinto: 2012-06-06 13:14

he can turn all the others but he'll need a miracle to turn Andile Jali to Yaya Toure?? maybe tie his feet and head to 2 vehicles and pull..dat dude is a midget yong..
KING?
posted: 01:42 pm

Jam Jam: the very same Shakes Mashaba failed dismally with the under 23 recently and what has he achieved with Bafana bafana, i dont believe u are stil celebrating beating Brasil in the Olympics.
Tolly.ba.Thathe
posted: 01:51 pm
I think it's time for us to look for someone locally who can do the job but at the same time the person who has proven himself beyond reasonable doubt that he can stand the test more so the pressure that comes with being the Bb coach.

If you ask me then i will point my finger at Gordon. What more must this man do to make a demonstrate that he has what it takes to be at the helm? I think as much as the expert says the players must believe in themselves I personally reckon that the decision makers in this regard must also believe in the South Africans like Igesund.

Perhaps SUFFER must also take the blame for the behaviour of the fans. How come they let Parreira recommend someone who was an unknown figure before he pitched here? The less said about his second chance the better. I still maintain that for our woes to dissappear SUFFER must be cleaned.
Anonymous
posted: 02:16 pm
@King.....Shakes Mashaba never failed at under 23. Under his tenure, we had the best squad with players who even went on to don the Bafana jersey. It is Shakes who won the COSAFA cup which had eluded us for many years before and after.
It is the same Mashaba who dropped the now Fatty Boom MacCarthy when he was a hot potato who continually chose which games he wanted to play. His stance against prima donnas when SAFA was trying to appease certain sectors is what cost him his position
Anonymous
posted: 02:19 pm
At the moment Gordon Igsund is the next coach of Bafana, only jealousy can stop him from getting the nod. We dont know for sure if he will succeed but we do know he has succeeded the most in the psl and therefore he deserve a chance. And then Hunt is the next logical thing to succeed Gordon based on achievement again. I d rather give the job to mnqithi than to give it to Kompela for the latter has not won a thing.
Anonymous
posted: 02:24 pm
Shakes Mashaba was refused players going to the Olympic qualifiers, thou Igesung still stand top, his definitely our nxt Clive Barker nd wit the nations cup coming to SA with Gordon in the helm surely we can go all the way nd win. Gordon can bring the best out of the combo of Jali& Yeye.
Anonymous
posted: 02:25 pm
Jah neh!whites always think they're better.what about Steve,mr writer?

I now feel Steve Khomphela must get it,to spite a white person.
Milutin Sredojević (HLABARINTO)
posted: 02:34 pm
KING?: 2012-06-06 13:29 [ Report ]


Gordon is one of our own and in him i trust but the idea that he is managed by Mike Makaap just spoils it for me due to conflict of interest.

Kompela has done nothing to deserve this post, he must remain a learner maybe 3 year internship programme to succeed who ever is coming now.

This then leaves Gavin Hunt, again issues of conflict of interest arise.

I know most of you will swear at me when i raise the name Ruud Kroll, this man can save our pride, he has done it all.
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ok let me make myself clear; WE DO NOT WANT RUDI ANYWHERE NEAR BAFANA BAFANA MR... none of us willing to experience a 'doom-doom' soccer at Bafana and none of us is willing to wait for 3 years before celebrating lucky 1 zero wins.
Anonymous
posted: 02:35 pm
@tp u are right my brother they must gv steve the job when the last did he won the log i mean u gorden dont tel us abt 5yr back wht alse did he atchived.im not racist but always we gv white al the credit as if the are best whose coatching amabhokobhoko right now and the seven aside
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