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Ige­sund wants Bax­ter to stay

Daily Dispatch - - Sport - By MARC STRY­DOM

GOR­DON Ige­sund has ap­pealed for calm in the wake of Bafana Bafana’s fail­ure to qual­ify for the Rus­sia 2018 World Cup‚ and for coach Stu­art Bax­ter to be given time to im­ple­ment his ideas.

Ige­sund‚ who coached Bafana from June 2012 to June 2014‚ said he be­lieves Bax­ter al­ways faced an up­hill bat­tle tak­ing over Bafana’s qual­i­fy­ing cam­paign two games in.

Bax­ter re­placed Ephraim “Shakes” Mashaba – fired for dis­ci­plinary rea­sons – af­ter Bafana had drawn away against Burk­ina Faso and beaten Sene­gal at home.

The lat­ter re­sult was later an­nulled be­cause it was found to have been ma­nip­u­lated by Ghana­ian ref­eree Joseph Lamptey.

“The big set­back for us in the cam­paign was Cape Verde,” said Ige­sund.

“I think the big­gest prob­lem was we played against Nige­ria and played re­ally well‚ played them off the park‚ and we won that game. It takes play­ers time to change from my phi­los­o­phy to Shakes’‚ and to Stu­art’s. There’s no con­ti­nu­ity. And in my hum­ble opin­ion‚ give the job to Stu­art un­til 2022.

“Let him have the start of the World Cup qual­i­fi­ca­tion‚ start off pre­par­ing his team‚ let the play­ers get used to him over the next year‚ and the year af­ter.” — DDC

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