As news of GI parting ways with SuperSport United kept the wires buzzing this morning, an interesting thought came to my mind. Gordon Igesund is the most decorated coach in South Africa football. Certainly in the PSL era. In fact at the post-match interviews for the Tshwane Derby, Coach Pitso Mosimane confessed to being envious of GI’s CV.
But with that said if you think of who he had on the bench as an assistant, in the clubs where he was successful – Farouk Khan, Zaca Marques, Serame Letswaka etc. All of these people were assistant coaches who were easily capable of taking a Head Coaching job anywhere in the country.
In fact it would appear that the wheels tend to come off when GI does not have similar kind of quality assisting him. We cannot presume to say “who is actually doing the work?” The reality is you cannot question his CV, it is what it is. But in the same breath the results are telling. An objective mind has to question his ability to do the job without an assistant coach of that echelon.
For me, the writing was on the wall after Tshwane Derby result. His blankets have been loaded on the lorry for some time now. Even for a club like SuperSport United who are known for sticking with their head coach. But when the chairman announces that he expects the league title at the player’s reveal presser; and the team spends much of the season in the bottom half of the log. There is no telling the amount of pressure that man had to endure before they called it quits.
Some may have also foreseen his substitute as well. One suspects that GI lasted this long only because of the club was just buying time whilst negotiating terms Stuart Baxter. It is not that difficult to imagine that some Kaizer Chiefs supporters will start supporting Matsatsantsa. They really admired the Wolverhampton-man whom they fondly referred to as Chuck Norris.
Their appreciation would not be misplaced if you consider that their nemesis Mamelodi Sundowns are busy tearing jackets – for want of a better expression. However there would be those that are upset, because they may have secretly been hoping that Stuart Baxter was going to return to the Amakhosi when Komphela leaves. But they would soon need reminding that the same Chuck Norris, could not get full points against Steve Komphela, both a Free State Stars or Maritzburg United.
So, as things stand. One might need a crystal ball, sea shells and tea leafs to predict how the second half of the season is going to pan out. But one thing is for sure, things are about to get interesting. With Champions League starting, Orlando Pirates, Bloemfontein Celtics and now SuperSport fighting their way back into the top 8. Brace yourself for some shock results in Q3.
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