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Thu Apr 24 23:45:30 SAST 2014

Gordon tells why he picked Tommy

MARC STRYDOM | 11 July, 2012 06:233 Comments
Thomas Madigage during the Absa Premiership match between SuperSport United and Black Aces at Lucas Moripe Stadium on September 08, 2010 in Atteridgeville
Image by: Lefty Shivambu / Gallo Images

GORDON Igesund says the new Bafana Bafana No2, Thomas Madigage, is one of the country's most successful assistant coaches and will "add great value" to the national team.

Safa yesterday announced long-serving Supersport United assistant Madigage as assistant to new Bafana head coach Igesund.

Safa technical director Serame Letsoaka will be the second assistant coach and will join the national team when they are in camp.

"Generally I'm very happy and I think it's a very strong technical team," Igesund told The Times yesterday.

The coach, at his own request, has also formed a "reference group", consisting of former Bafana coaches Clive Barker, Jomo Sono and Shakes Mashaba, who will advise Igesund.

Madigage was one of South Africa's brightest prospects as a player, but his career was blighted by injury. He was Supersport's assistant to Pitso Mosimane, the recently ousted Bafana head coach, under whom Madigage won a succession of cup trophies.

Working with United incumbent Gavin Hunt, Madigage won three successive league titles between 2008 and 2010, and last season's Nedbank Cup.

"I went for Tommy Madigage because in my opinion he really is a good coach and I think he can add a lot of value," Igesund said.

"Over the last 10 years or so he's been consistent, he's been assistant coach of a team that likes to win things and to a person who also has got that winning mentality in Gavin Hunt.

"I think Tommy has not got the recognition he deserves. But he's been, without any doubt, the most successful assistant coach in the country by a long way.

"With the input I got about him from a lot of people, I'm very happy, and so are the [Safa] technical committee."

Igesund said Letsoaka will add value because, as Safa's technical director, he "knows the players".

"He's also on the same page as me when I talk to him. I've known him for many years."

In requesting the reference group of Barker, Sono and Mashaba, Igesund said he has kept to his word of tapping into the knowledge and experience available to him in South African football.

Igesund also roped in goalkeeper-coach Alex Heredia, having previously worked with him at Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns.

Igesund said he is planning a game before Bafana go to Sao Paulo to meet Brazil on September 7. It is likely to be scheduled on the Fifa friendly match day of August 15.

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Jul 11, 2012
Thomas Madigage has been underrated, overlooked for quite some time given the fact that he is the most successful assistant coach in SA's PSL. I am more than happy for the fact that he is given this chance by Gordon Igesund. This is one of the reasons why Igesund was supposed to have been the head coach a while ago. Big up to the New National Team.

Jul 11, 2012
I am impressed with Thommy's appointment as he is the most derseving Assistant Coach; he has shown to be the best Assistant for 10 years. he will not go and compete with Igesund, but compliment him. He was also the Best Midfielder in his position whilst in Cosmos. Jomo should feel proud of producing coaches for this country; he could have been appointed by Pitso if it was not of politics

Jul 17, 2012
I have no problem with Thomas, except for his ugly religious cap that he wears even inside the shower.Get rid of this hat, it doesn't bring any luck and contrasts with all outfit, never matches with anything. Please Thomas remove the damn thing and wear it in your leisure and when going to church; I hate it!