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Igesund: We can handle pressure

Gordon Igesund says Bafana Bafana are feeling the pressure

Posted: 17 January 2013 Time: 4:09 pm

Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund admits the team is feeling the pressure ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations opener against Cape Verde on Saturday, but he is adamant his charges can live up to expectations.

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Cape Verde coach Lucio Antunes was quoted on Monday saying South Africa, as hosts, carried more of a burden to perform. However, Igesund has a different view and insists every team is under pressure to do a good job for their respective countries.

“Any coach in this tournament who will tell you he is not under pressure, he is not telling you the truth,” Igesund says.

“But the pressure is something we can handle… You want to please the people. You want to make the country proud and you want to make yourself proud. The players want to do a good job and when we kick the ball for the first time, it will all be gone. We are not new in this game.”

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As for Bafana’s first opponents, Igesund says he left no stone unturned in his research and he is confident Bafana can get the better of the Tubarões Azuis (Blue Sharks) at National Stadium.

“I have a lot of information [on Cape Verde]. We’ve got a company that does all our analysis so I’ve got a lot of information about how they play. We have individual tapes of all their players… We are pretty aware of them and I’m sure they are aware of us.

“We are very positive and the players around me are very positive. We are well prepared and we are ready for this tournament and come the 19th, we will be out there doing our best,” he adds.

Article by: Tiyani wa ka Mabasa

Previous comments on this story...

deBuc
posted: 04:10 pm
Gordon Lerete u must make sure u win or else....................................
Ma-Eddie
posted: 04:11 pm
Wena Gordon, sikujongile...we will give u all our support for Saty's game, just that u can state your case,,if we dnt get expected results,,you'll see the fury of SA fans..o tla bona wena..
The Phefeni Boy
posted: 04:12 pm
Asiyeni magents......#23 South African Soldiers In War.

Itikiti esandleni........The National Stadium will be packed to the roof.
deBuc
posted: 04:12 pm
Eish I saw the Monkey on the right. Im not gonna sleep 2nite muur!!! Why Kickoff why????
The Phefeni Boy
posted: 04:14 pm
@debucs & Ma Eddie

Relax madoda and enjoy the game..........We are going to score on Saturday..
Tsowetso
posted: 04:14 pm
So GI is speaking to his first eleven? hmmn we shall see
The Phefeni Boy
posted: 04:15 pm
Reneilwe "Yeye" Letsholonyane......The best Box to box midfielder in the country......He will rise on Saturday
deBuc
posted: 04:15 pm
The Phefeni Boy

posted: 04:12 pm | Report

Asiyeni magents......#23 South African Soldiers In War.

Itikiti esandleni........The National Stadium will be packed to the roof.
...........................................................................................................

Eish stop repeating yourself you sound pathetic...... We heard you the 1st time dat NS will be packed to the rafters so pls............
The Phefeni Boy
posted: 04:17 pm
Thabo "Istyle ne Mali" Matlaba......A player with a big hard.....nginawe boi......
The Phefeni Boy
posted: 04:17 pm
Thabo "Istyle ne Mali\" Matlaba......A player with a big HEART....nginawe boi.....
The Phefeni Boy
posted: 04:19 pm
deBucposted: 04:15 pm | Report
The Phefeni Boy

posted: 04:12 pm | Report

Asiyeni magents......#23 South African Soldiers In War.

Itikiti esandleni........The National Stadium will be packed to the roof.
...........................................................................................................

Eish stop repeating yourself you sound pathetic...... We heard you the 1st time dat NS will be packed to the rafters so pls........

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Its a positive message wena nja...I wont stop.....and it is not meant for negative tadpoles like you...Bloody agent....You FOKON Spy..
Inkombankombane
posted: 04:20 pm
Hauweng!
Busani_mb
posted: 04:21 pm
Bafana is gud bt some of playrz a nt ready to play in a national team just like serero
The Phefeni Boy
posted: 04:22 pm
Bernard "The Elbow Brushing GURU" Parker......Let's do this boi.......This is going to be the biggest game of your life....the world is watching.....
Herbert "herbs" semenya
posted: 04:24 pm
The whole nations is behind you......let de feet do talking now.......bafana kaofela
uncle JB (joe banana)
posted: 04:24 pm
Ma-Eddie
posted: 04:11 pm | Report
Wena Gordon, sikujongile...we will give u all our support for Saty's game, just that u can state your case,,if we dnt get expected results,,you'll see the fury of PIRATES fans, FOR LEAVING THE GALAXIES BEHIND..o tla bona wena..
Loverboy!!
posted: 04:25 pm
These are the same guys who sink us to number 80 on FIFA rankings , except the boy on leftside.
Nx! " ngiyanyanya mang'bona lezinja"
The Phefeni Boy
posted: 04:26 pm
We are ready for the Shosholoza song and the Mexican wave.......asifuni masimba thina.

Khune:.....Ball distribution baba.....Ball distribution baba.
Lord Vincent
posted: 04:28 pm
deBucposted: 04:10 pm | Report
Gordon Lerete u must make sure u win or else....................................
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Ne di bra ke lerete for sure
Legendary Wonder
posted: 04:28 pm
Gordon's problem is that he talks too much, what is Mathlomola Morake suppose to do now? coach, just concentrate on fine tuning th eteam and let Mathlomola Morake deal with the media, you can be on the news all day when you have a club spokesperson.

The Legend has Spoken.
Yellow is a way of Life!!!!!!!
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