Analysis: Gordon Igesund's first five matches in charge of Bafana Bafana
Posted: 15 November 2012 Time: 11:01
Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund has now completed five matches in charge of the national side, and his record compared to his predecessors does not make for good reading.
A total of 14 Bafana coaches have been in charge for five games or more in the last 20 years, with Igesund's record the 10th best of this.
Of course, a massive disclaimer to the above statement is that much depends on the opponents put in front of you, and no other coach has had as tough a start as Brazil, Poland and Kenya away, and the African champions in Zambia at home.
Only perhaps the much-maligned Philippe Troussier could lay claim to coming close.
Igesund has two wins and three defeats in his opening five games, with only former coaches Joel Santana, Screamer Tshabalala, Styles Phumo and Troussier faring worse.
The coach with the best record is Shakes Mashaba, who took three spells as coach to complete five games, having been caretaker in 1992 and 2001 before being given the reins full time in 2002.
He recorded four wins and a draw in that time, with matches against Congo (1-0), Mozambique (3-0), Swaziland (4-1), Cote d'Ivoire (0-0) and Malawi (3-1).
Trott Moloto has the same record, though he sits behind Mashaba on goal-difference in our mini-league. His first five games from October 1998 were Angola (1-0), Egypt (2-1), Mauritius (1-1), Botswana (2-1) and Gabon (4-1).
It would be wrong to deny these coaches their place at the top of the table, but the level of the opposition faced at that time should be taken into account. They will, rightly so, point out that you can only play who is put in front of you.
Carlos Queiroz is third on the list with three wins and two draws, including a 0-0 stalemate with then world and European champions France.
The other coaches to get three wins in their first five games were Carlos Alberto Parreira, Clive Barker and Stuart Baxter.
Quite clearly the worst record belongs to the temestious Frenchman Troussier, whose first five games included no wins. In fact, he would not record a victory in any of his six games at the helm, which included the 1998 Fifa World Cup.
His run of matches included Zambia (1-1), Argentina (0-2), Iceland (1-1), France (0-3) and Denmark (1-1).
FIRST FIVE MATCHES FOR BAFANA COACHES
P5 W4 D1 L0 GF11 GA2
P5 W4 D1 L0 GF10 GA4
P5 W3 D2 L0 GF6 GA3
Carlos Alberto Parreira
P5 W3 D1 L1 GF9 GA1
P5 W3 D0 L2 GF5 GA3
P5 W3 D0 L2 GF6 GA5
P5 W2 D3 L0 GF4 GA1
P5 W2 D3 L0 GF2 GA0
P5 W2 D2 L1 GF9 GA6
P5 W2 D0 L3 GF4 GA4
P5 W1 D2 L2 GF6 GA6
P5 W1 D1 L3 GF5 GA9
P5 W1 D1 L3 GF4 GA9
P5 W0 D3 L2 GF3 GA8