Igesund At Santos
Former Bafana Bafana Coach Joins Third Tier Club
Former Bafana Bafana coach, Gordon Igesund, has joined Santos FC as a partner at the club along with businessman Bryn Ressell.
The Cape Town-based club has confirmed that Igesund is now one of their newest partners, as they aim to bring the team back from the third tier up to the PSL again.
"In order to rise from the ashes stronger than ever before, it is essential we consolidate the current operation and strengthen ourselves through the addition of various strategic partners. That said Santos FC is proud to welcome on board Gordon Igesund and Bryn Ressell as our newest partners.
"Gordon was at the helm when of the club when Santos FC last won the PSL in 2001 and went on to coach the South African Senior Men's national team. He has now re-established himself in Cape Town and has become a permanent feature within the community and now the club," Santos said in a statement.
“Bryn Ressell is a successful businessman and entrepreneur who has a keen interest in various sports. He has a particular affinity for sports clubs with a long tradition and a history of uplifting the disadvantaged.
“In order to get back to the glory days, and return to the PSL, the club has set themselves a four-year plan. The plan will continue to place great value on the youth development structures within the club while building a winning team of players and coach which will be mentored by Gordon.
“Tyren Arendse, a stalwart of South African football who has done a great job with the team, while the negotiations were taking place, will be the assistant player/coach. Tyren is rewarded for his loyalty to the club. (He) is one of those to be mentored for the future.
“The club will continue to use Athlone as its home venue as it has done for over 30 years. The People’s Team has suffered a setback and can be considered to be in their rebirth stage, looking to grow stronger than ever before. With the help of the new partners we hope to complete our rebirth and forge a bond that’s in line with the myth of the phoenix, will last forever," the club concluded.
The Indication is that Igesund will be announced as the club's head coach for the season and going forward.