Gordon Igesund may soon be jobless after Bafana Bafana failed to qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup which will be taking place in Brazil next year. Bafana was beaten 2 – 1 by Ethiopia in Addis Ababa on Sunday. Ethiopia’s first goal was scored by Getaneh Kebede. Parker scored two goals, one for Bafana and another for Ethiopia. He scored the own goal while trying to clear a free kick.
The South African Football Association (SAFA) gave Igesund a mandate to get Bafana to reach the Afcon semi-finals and qualify for the World Cup Finals. Unfortunately, this did not happen, although there was some improvement in the national team’s performance after he took over from Pitso Mosimane. Bafana played the first rounds of the World Cup qualifiers last year under Mosimane’s tutelage. They played two matches, one against Botswana and another against Ethiopia. Both matches ended in a 1 – 1 draw.
In football, if a coach fails to achieve the required results, he is usually axed without mercy and replaced with a new one. It is still unknown if SAFA will let Igesund keep his job. The next important games Bafana will play will be the 2015 Afcon qualifiers which will take place near the end of next year. The 2018 World Cup qualifiers will take place in the middle of 2015. By 2018, many things will have changed, and a number of players currently playing for the national team will have retired.