Gordon Igesund says talk of coaches' mandates are overhyped


Igesund has explained that as a coach, you will always have self-pressure to win trophies with any team that you take charge of, and it doesn’t boil down to mandates as much as people make a fuss about them.

“Every coach wants to win a championship, and wants to try and win a cup of any sort, so it goes without saying,” says Igesund.

“It’s a pressure that we put on ourselves, because it’s not necessary for a mandate to say ‘you have to do this or you have to do that’.

“In today’s football, this mandate thing is really overemphasized. I think coaches, when the get employed, they know exactly what is expected of them,” he adds.

Speaking of the Telkom Knockout encounter against Bidvest Wits on Saturday, Igesund assures that he always prepares his team for tough encounters regardless of the opponents, and says that Gavin Hunt’s men will have to fight to overcome his men.

“It’s going to be a tough game, no matter who, and how, and where we play, whether it’s Wits or whoever, we always know it’s going to be a tough game,” says the former Bafana boss.

“The players have got to go out there, and do the job. We’ve prepared the team the best we can, and got them playing the way we want them to, preparing them for certain situations.

“The most important thing for me, and I think for Gavin [Hunt], is that the players have got to enjoy themselves. Gain a bit of pleasure from the game, enjoy themselves, but know what’s at stake,” he adds.

Bidvest Wits host SuperSport United in the first quarterfinal of the 2014 Telkom Knockout Cup at the Bidvest Stadium on Saturday afternoon, with kick-off set for 15h00.