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Wed Apr 16 16:11:43 SAST 2014

Two-horse race for Bafana coaching job

SBU MJIKELISO | 19 June, 2012 06:311 Comments
International Friendly: South Africa v Gabon
Bafana's interim coach Steve Komphela during the international friendly between South Africa and Gabon at Mbombela Stadium on June 15, 2012 in Nelspruit, South Africa
Image by: Lee Warren / Gallo Images

THE pursuit of the Bafana coaching job has become a two-horse race between Steve Komphela and Gordon Igesund.

The two men were yesterday named as finalists for the position by the SA Football Association.

Komphela is the current caretaker coach and also coach of Premier Soccer League club Free State Stars. Igesund is in charge of Moroka Swallows, who finished second in the league to champions Orlando Pirates last season.

The other three candidates were Gavin Hunt of Supersport United, Thanda Royal Zulu's Neil Tovey and Ephraim "Shakes" Mashaba, the national under-23 coach.

They, and Igesund, were interviewed last week.

Yesterday Komphela faced the committee with a chance to convince them he could consistently attain the kind of results Bafana achieved on Friday night.

Komphela's interview was delayed because he had taken Bafana Bafana to Nelspruit last week where they beat a young Gabon team 3-0 in a friendly at Mbombela stadium.

Komphela, who took over as caretaker coach following the axing of Pitso Mosimane, has been in charge of Bafana for two matches - a draw against Botswana in Gaborone during a 2014 World Cup qualifier and Friday's uplifting win against Gabon.

Igesund is the country's most successful coach, having won the Premier Soccer League title four times with four different clubs; his latest piece of magic was taking Moroka Swallows from the jaws of relegation in 2011 to runners-up this year.

Former Bafana skipper Komphela has done an admirable job with a Free State Stars team that is not blessed with many resources. He took them to the semifinals of last season's Nedbank Cup and sixth place in the league. He has also worked with the national under-23 team and was Mosimane's assistant with Bafana.

Safa is hoping to appoint the new coach in time for Bafana's friendly against Poland on October 12.

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Jun 19, 2012
If it came down to merit, surely Gordon is the right man for the job (heaven knows he was right years ago already!).
But there will probably be some covert political intervention (seeing as how Steve's brother pulled the strings while parliamentary sports portfolio boss!).