Igesund needs midas touch

Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund is a man under pressure as the second batch of African Cup of Nations games begin.

Only one result will do against Angola in the second Group A game, and the record breaking coach is prepared to ring the changes to get it.

Igesund has to make midfield changes. Midfielders Kagisho Dikgacoi and Lerato Chabangu are injured, meaning Oldham's Dean Furman is likely to return.

There would have been some freshening up in the middle of the park regardless of the injuries. Igesund said after the opening game: "We never had enough creativity in the middle of the park," he said, "I think we needed to create more opportunity.

"We have got it [within the players in the squad], but we never used it [against Cape Verde]. In previous games we created so many chances, but never scored them. But [on Saturday] we hardly created anything.
 
"We had two, three shots on goal in the whole game, which is not enough, we need to create a lot more chances and use the ball better."

"We need to be more comfortable on the ball, we have got so many skilful players on the ball, but the first touch was not there.

"The guys looked like they were panicking, everything was 100 miles per hour. We needed to put our foot on the ball, pass the ball around."

One player that could bring more flair and imagination to the Bafana midfield is Thulani Serero, but Igesund admits the Ajax Amsterdam player is nowhere near being fully fit.

"Serero, I've spoken to him one-on-one and he told me he is really good for about 35 to 40 minutes, after that his legs are gone. But as we go along he will be able to play more and more.

If they create the chances, they also have to be able to take them. There could be a change in the strikers with Katlego Mphela returning from a long-term injury. He could come in for Lehlohonolo Majoro.

Igesund has long been the man with the midas touch in his nomadic time in South African where he led four different top-flight teams to the Premier Soccer League championship.

He needs that touch more than ever against Angola.

 

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