Igesund stresses bigger picture


Igesund was speaking ahead of Friday night's friendly with Morocco in Agadir City, kick-off at 21h00 (SA time).

"Of course, every game we play we want to win, but I am not going to sacrifice the players for the sake of winning," Igesund said.

"We all have to be in this together and understand the big picture which is the 2015 AFCON. I have taken the responsibility to ensure that we have a squad ready for that tournament, and along the way I am prepared to lose games because at the moment we are not playing qualifiers.

"The country needs to understand that if I was to play for my life it would be different players in the squad and it was going to be a must-win situation in every game."

The former Moroka Swallows boss continued: "The game against Morocco is massive; that is why we have brought most of our regular players and they in turn have also brought in their international players.

"It would be great to see how some of our youngsters will fair against the best in the game. We have to brave at times and use these youngsters. But we need to introduce them gradually into the system.

"It should not always be about winning and winning. Let us not be scared to lose a match or give youngsters a chance. If we win it will be brilliant, and we are capable of winning, but also we will have achieved our objective of introducing the young players if we don’t get the result."

Igesund said players like Ayanda Patosi, Daylon Claasen and Bongani Zungu will come into the picture against the Lions of the Atlas.

The four-time PSL winner also expressed sympathy for PEC Zwolle midfielder Kamohelo Mokotjo, who has been ruled out of the game with a knee injury.

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"In our match against Botswana, Mokotjo really wanted to play but because it was a World Cup qualifier I couldn’t use him," Igesund said. 

"With Dikgacoi out injured I had hoped to bring him on, but now football is a very cruel game, he is also out injured, and was nearly in tears when he informed me of his injury. But this gives a chance to other players get a run too, concluded the 57-year-old.