Swallows won't stand in Igesund's way
MOROKA Swallows CEO Leon Prins confirmed on Friday he'd received an official call from Safa's Robin Peterson about Gordon Igesund's availability for the national coaching job. Prins emphasised, however, that Igesund - whose club finished second in the 2011/12 PSL season to Orlando Pirates - has two years left to run of his contract at Swallows and was not about to roll over in the national interest.
Nevertheless, Prins indicated that it was unlikely he would stand in Igesund's way for very long, should he be asked to take over as Bafana coach, as seems likely.
Igesund has surely done enough to be offered the position - indeed, the two were eating sushi at a Claremont restaurant in Cape Town when Prins took the call and both seemed in good spirits.
Prins didn't give many details about the substance of the conversation between him and CEO Peterson, but said Igesund had been asked to "make a presentation".
This is likely to take place this week, though quite what Igesund can tell them that they don't already know is anyone's guess.
Others who will make presentations include SuperSport United coach Gavin Hunt; Shakes Mashaba, coach of the national under-23s, and Neil Tovey, head coach of Thanda Royal Zulu.
Steve Komphela, the caretaker coach of the national side for yesterday's World Cup qualifier against Botswana and Friday's friendly against Gabon, is also on a short list of possible replacements for Pitso Mosimane.
However, the nation's sentimental favourite, given that he has also engineered near-miracles at Manning Rangers and Santos in winning them the league title, is Igesund.
All the names on the short list are locals, which has the advantage of all coaches knowing the players they will pick extremely well.
Most modern coaches are hamstrung by having their players congregate only days before a game and there is little they can do to impose a distinctive style of play.
A coach with extensive local experience wouldn't suffer from such a disadvantage.