Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund says he has no excuse to tender, following his side’s 3-1 defeat by Nigeria in their final group game of the ongoing African Nations Championship (CHAN).
Chrisantus Ejike opened scoring for the home-based Eagles before Ifeanyi Ede struck a brace to deny hosts South Africa a last 8 berth. Bernard Parker’s 80th minute strike came as a consolation for Igesund’s team, which lost out in the group stage 3-1 on home soil.
“Nigeria deserved their victory, they were physically stronger, were hard running and fully capitalised on our glaring mistakes. I am going to offer no excuses; we were today beaten by a better side,” said Igesund.
South Africa came into the match hoping to etch out a point to say in contention but struggled to defend well against the rampant Eagles as the terrific form of Rangers’ goalkeeper Chigozie Agbim stood between them the quarter-finals.
“We however, missed some of our regular players especially at the back. But that is no excuse, I will repeat again. We were just not good on the day,” Igesund continued.
He however insisted he won’t be resigning from his position, except his employer boots him out.
“I had no mandate going into the CHAN tournament. I think this Bafana team has improved greatly in the last few months. I will continue until my contract runs out in June. But if SAFA think it is high time for me to go, that is fine with me. It is not in my hands,” added the coach who told the media the defeat was not his lowest coaching moment.
“I would not say this was my lowest moment. We have to rise up and carry on. “