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Wed Apr 23 12:32:22 SAST 2014

It's half a loaf, but Gordon is happy

SY LERMAN | 17 July, 2012 06:380 Comments
SAFA media briefing
Gordon Igesund outside SAFA House before an media briefing on June 30, 2012 in Johannesburg, South Africa
Image by: Frennie Shivambu / Gallo Images

THE salaries of Bafana coaches continue to plummet from the heady and extravagant days when Brazilian Carlos Alberto Parreira pocketed R1.8-million a month.

It has now been learnt that one of Parreira's assistants, fellow Brazilian Jairo Leal, had been earning R550000. He was recently released by the SA Football Association. Both men's salaries were largely subsidised by Fifa.

But new coach Gordon Igesund, who replaced the sacked Pitso Mosimane, said yesterday he was "entirely satisfied" with the deal he had negotiated with Safa.

Igesund said he regarded his package as confidential, but reliable sources said his salary was about half the R800000 a month Mosimane reportedly earned.

The new salary packages represent the removal of a financial millstone from the neck of Safa.

The salaries of Parreira and Leal had forced Safa into a situation in which it had to pay Mosimane, who had succeeded Parreira, more than the assistant coach.

Now that Leal's contract with Bafana has been terminated and he is not part of the technical staff under Igesund, Safa has been able to make a fresh start in assessing the coach's salary, while not having its hands tied by past extravagances.

"Frankly I'm not interested in what Parreira was getting or what Pitso was getting," said Igesund, who has been given a two-year contract.

"I'm being paid what is to me a reasonable and fair amount and I'm going ahead with all the energy at my disposal in trying to do the best I can for Bafana and the country."

While Igesund begins what he considers an "exciting, inspirational endeavour" behind the starting line, with Bafana already having dropped four points from their two opening qualifying games for the 2014 World Cup, he is not being distracted by financial permutations.

And he is not daunted either by the fact that he has been mandated to guide Bafana to next year's African Nations Cup semifinals on home soil and also ensure qualification for the World Cup tournament in Brazil in 2014.

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