Ex-Bafana Bafana midfielder, Helman Mkhalele, revealed to the Siya crew that the move by SAFA not to renew the contract of coach, Gordon Igesund, tells a story.
As previously reported by the crew, SAFA, announced yesterday that they’ll not renew the contract of the coach beyond August this year. The former speedy winger said he can’t comment if the football governing body made the right decision, but says it’s not going to benefit the country.
Although Igesund failed to qualify for the 2014 World Cup and could not clinch the 2013 Afcon and 2014 Chan tournaments, Mkhalele, said the coach has done a wonderful job for the nation.
“I don’t have much to say at the moment because these are the things that have happened time and time out in the past. I think we’re just moving around and not going forward. Firing and hiring coaches doesn’t help our football. In my view, it seems we don’t have stamina for enduring challenges that we’re going through. We easily give up when things aren’t going our way."
“Based on the mandate, Gordon didn’t achieve some of them. The World Cup qualifiers, it was going to be impossible for him to make it to Brazil. He found the ship already sinking and it could’ve taken a miracle to do so. We heard that he also agreed on that mandate, however, he failed according to those mandates. I would’ve liked to see him continuing and see his progress. There was progress in the national team and in my personal viewpoint, it has been destabilised by this situation,” said Midnight Express.
Names like Iran coach, Carlos Queiroz and Nigerian coach, Stephen Keshi, have been bandied as possible replacements for Igesund, however, Mkhalele said it’s not a matter of hiring an international coach but changing the technical team.
“At this juncture, it’s not about getting an international coach, but we need to look at the technical team as well. We’ve hired coaches from overseas. They came and went with all their plans. All we wish for right now is to see our national team going back to what it was in 1996 and move beyond."
"There were calls that we needed a local coach, we did have him and he’s now leaving. We can go for an international coach, but after weeks or months, we’ll be complaining about our style of play or culture. It’s really confusing what’s happening in South African football. As far as I’m concerned, Gordon was on the right track, he needed to beef up his technical team with knowledgeable people in football."
"The national team is not a one-man show which is what we tend to do. To answer your question, we need to learn from Mamelodi Sundowns. Pitso Mosimane brought in Manqoba Mngqithi and Mike Ntombela to help him. We can go far if we adopt that, we can employ a good coach, but no good technical team will take us nowhere,” added Mkhalele.