PSL, Igesund shake on it
THE PSL's support remains vital to the success of the national team.
This indisputable fact will once again be underlined as incumbent Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund prepares his squad for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.
The matter was the subject of a lengthy discussion at a league meeting this week, at which the PSL bosses reiterated their full support for Igesund and said they were behind the national team.
PSL chairman Irvin Khoza says the league has reached certain agreements with Safa that will allow for the necessary support ahead of the continental showpiece to be held in the country in January.
"We'll support Bafana as we've promised. I'm happy to announce that we've adopted some points of cooperation between ourselves and Safa to ensure we can avoid unnecessary surprises," says Khoza.
"In fact, the coach wanted to have locally-based players in camp every Monday and we discussed that, but in the end we agreed that the coach must have full access to all the clubs in the PSL.
"This means he'll have access to the training sessions of all the teams, at which he can engage with the coaches to discuss his targeted players."
Igesund has been keen on a 30-day camp ahead of the tournament in January and was hoping the PSL would postpone fixtures to allow for it - but he will settle for whatever support he can get from the league.
Igesund is expecting his players in camp today to start preparations for their Nelson Mandela Challenge against Zambia.
The match is set to be played at FNB Stadium on Wednesday and it will provide the coach with a further opportunity to run the rule over newly called up players.
About 75% of Igesund's squad has been made up, but he is still working on finding the balance.
This will be Igesund's fifth match since he took over the team in July and he will be looking for victory over Chipolopolo as he builds a head of steam ahead of the January football showpiece.
The two teams last met in 2007 in an Afcon qualifier match in Cape Town. Bafana lost 1-3.
Chipolopolo have since morphed into a fearsome side, worthy of the recognition they've received following their Afcon triumph.