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Gordon Igesund pleased with Bafana Bafana's performance in 3-1 win over Malawi

Posted: 23 December 2012 Time: 13:10

Gordon Igesund says Bafana Bafana looked slightly ‘ragged’ against Malawi yesterday, but is pleased with the performance overall.

Bafana beat Malawi 3-1, with goals from Lehlohonolo Majoro and Siphiwe Tshabalala inside 10 minutes, and a May Mahlangu penalty in the second half.

See the match report HERE!

Igesund now has three wins in six matches since taking over in July, and says he can see the team developing into a solid unit.

“I think it was a good performance in periods,” the coach says. “We started very well but then seemed to go on the defensive. I wanted us to keep going at all times but we lost our shape.

“The players were a bit ragged but that is completely understandable given they have just come off a hard first half of the season.”

Igesund is honing down to his final squad for the Afcon, but says he has not made up his mind on the bulk of his squad as yet.

“I don’t want to talk right now about certain players but I saw a lot of good things. All of them are fighting for places in the squad.”

He did, however, affirm that the style of play Bafana exhibited against The Flames is what he wants to see in the tournament in January.

“We want to play a high tempo, a quick passing game with a lot of movement in and around the opponent’s penalty box and to use the wings effectively.

“We did that. We did it quite well.”

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 01:19 pm
my favorite team will be ready for afcon
posted: 01:36 pm
We need jali,mathoho & serero
posted: 01:46 pm
jali is needed in that squad period.
gotze p2
posted: 02:36 pm
y r manyisa/khuboni selected ahead of jali? Ntethe ahead of matoho? Phala ahead of teko?
Dj Lumeh (Treble Dj...)
posted: 02:41 pm
GI, bafana was well ready for the world cup n they won many hard matches then what happened during the tornament? so bare in mind you cant fool especially pirates fans, am i right bloggers?
posted: 03:28 pm
a few days left for the tournament to begin nd G.I still says he is busy looking @ players!!! While many teams have a full squad ready to maybe he does have a plan, nd he deserves our full support...he will be judged after the AFCON tournament...nw I will trust in G.I nd the Bafana team, Yes for now I will ignore the saying 'once bitten twice shy'...

Good 4 Majoro, he was given an opportunity nd he produced the goods, bt I dnt think he shud b played alone upfront, he needs another striker to partner him!!, Matlaba will be great @AFCON G.I shud hv tea with Nunes to inform him we dnt need him anymore

Sifo 'Absent' the nation is held @ ransom by that beautiful goal of his, bt he still can be useful as a super-sub coz I think he is good nd shud make the 23-man squad

neg60 (khosi 1970)
posted: 03:30 pm
Looking good
Dj Lumeh (Treble Dj...)
posted: 03:34 pm
My 23 fav players:
1. Khune 2. Meyiwa (sub) 3. Sandilands (sub) 4. Sangweni (cap) 5. Mathoho 6. Matlaba 7. Jele 8. Gaxa (sub) 9. Masilela (sub) 10. Shabalala 11. Jali 12. Mahlangu 13. Manyisa 14. Tlou 15. Yeye (sub) 16. KG (sub) 16. Serero (sub) 17. Myeni (sub) 18. Mphela (sub) 19. Rantie 20. Majoro 21. Benni (sub) 22. Fransman (sub) 23. Klate (sub).
we dont have a great right wing (not even a single cross except that gaxa's cross yesteday) i prefer tlou atleast he can run and cross. If Shabba is off form atleast klate can cross, score free kicks and position himself well. Mphela we can trust. Benni can hold the ball
posted: 04:37 pm
@Dj Lumeh

SuperSport Football shared a link.
32 minutes ago ·
Benni McCarthy’s chances of playing at the
African Nations Cup were effectively ruled out by
coach Gordon Igesund after the Bafana victory
over Malawi in Durban on Saturday.
"The risk is too high to take injured players. I need
everyone that I take along. I have not spoken to
the player but I have spoken to his coach, Roger
de Sa, on several occasions.”
“I’m sure he’ll be honest at camp and he’ll tell me
how it feels. We’ll also be able to see whether he
will make it or not.
We need anada striker dat can hold-up the ball upfront...
posted: 08:41 pm
Well done actually watching TELKOM CUP FINAL where AMAKHOSI walloped the RATS 2010....and they know very well that they are still very lucky these days drawing with us undeservedly...AMAKHOS'A JABULILE...
posted: 11:26 pm
dont select ur nunes,furman. Those guys are avarage
posted: 11:27 pm
dont select ur nunes,furman. Those guys are avarage
posted: 11:29 pm
EDDIE 4 KHOSI: what a co-incident, I am watching an MTN8 final where people said Chiefs does n't lose in the final but guese what happened, Ace made the self proclaimed mzansi no 1 look like a little grade R girl.

Can't sto laughing, Ace is a silly player.
posted: 11:32 pm
Did Pirates score 3 goals in 23 minitus, ayikhona Bennie such cruel shots against Minenhle's toy boy

Can't stop watcing this game. .
posted: 12:05 am
funny fans. Lets talk about how much ticket will be on sale coz bafana is not hosting to win.
posted: 03:05 am
My 23 man:
Goal keepers
I Khune, S Meyiwa.
S Sangweni, Fransman, E Mathoho, T Ntethe,T Masilela, T Matlapa, S Gaxa, A Ngcongca.
Jali, Yeye, Furman, Teko, Tshabalala, Chabangu, Mahalngu, Myeni,Serero.
Paker, Rantie, Majoro, Mpela.
posted: 03:05 am
My 23 man:
Goal keepers
I Khune, S Meyiwa.
S Sangweni, Fransman, E Mathoho, T Ntethe,T Masilela, T Matlapa, S Gaxa, A Ngcongca.
Jali, Yeye, Furman, Teko, Tshabalala, Chabangu, Mahalngu, Myeni,Serero.
Paker, Rantie, Majoro, Mpela.
Bucsaway Trebble Champ
posted: 07:45 am
@STRESSFREE IS A REAL KHOSI posted: 01:36 pm | Report
We need jali,mathoho & serero

Thank you KHOSI
Mhlonitjhwa: Treble Champ kwesibili
posted: 08:08 am
yho, kickoff editor is drunk. Until when is this article gonna remain on your main page news
posted: 08:34 am
Awu now they need Jali, banjani kanti labantu.

I heard Chiefs fans n GI saying Furman n KG wher doing better than Jali in that position. GI even suggested that Jali need to attack more whiles its ok for Furman n KG not to attack more.

Most players GI use are an opposite of the system he wants to use. U can't encourage possitional play whiles u want wing play n a quick game. This coach is confused.
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