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Wed Apr 23 19:30:09 SAST 2014

Pre-season will start as normal for Birds and Stars

SBU MJIKELISO | 20 June, 2012 07:020 Comments
Moroka Swallows media open day
Gordon Igesund during a Moroka Swallows practice match against Inter Luanda at Delville Sports Ground on February 07, 2011 in Germiston, South Africa
Image by: Duif Du Toit / Gallo Images

WHILE drama surrounding the appointment of the new Bafana coach unfolds at Safa, Moroka Swallows and Free State Stars bosses expect their coaches to go ahead with the pre-season routine, starting this weekend as scheduled.

Swallows coach Gordon Igesund and Stars coach Steve Komphela are the remaining candidates for the Bafana job and have to make their final presentations at the end of the month, before Safa bosses make up their minds.

The Safa technical committee whittled down candidates from five - eliminating Shakes Mashaba, Gavin Hunt and Neil Tovey.

Swallows boss Leon Prins said the club had been following the developments at Safa but expected Igesund to report for duty on June 25.

"I've got a very good relationship with Gordon," he said.

"We are continuing looking at players and planning for the coming season as per normal.

"I got a very brief courtesy call from (Safa chief executive) Robin (Petersen) right at the beginning of the process before the first interviews. But since then I've heard nothing from Safa."

Prins said he was not happy about the prospect of losing Igesund, who saved the club from relegation in the season which ended in 2011 and made them title contenders last season.

"We are starting pre-season training on June 25 and at the moment my coach is Igesund and he's under contract with Swallows. This obviously makes things very difficult but we are going ahead with pre-season as normal.

"Safa have to talk to us. We've got a contract with Gordon and have invested a lot of money in him. We need to come to some kind of arrangement."

Meanwhile Stars chairman Mike Mokoena said Komphela had the club's blessing to join the Bafana setup should he be appointed, but in the interim the pre-season schedule would also go ahead as planned.

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