Igesund criticises Bafana


The Mamelodi Sundowns coach expressed his sentiments after Carlos Alberto Parreira’s team crumbled under a mild threat from Tunisia to lose 3-1.

“I think Steven (Pienaar, Aaron (Mokoena) and Bryce (Moon) are being played out of position. Steven should be played in the middle and Aaron has to play in central defence. Bryce has more attacking qualities than defensive qualities and he should be used as a winger not a full back,” Igesund is quoted as saying on his club’s website.

Though standing on the rather popular belief that Mokoena should play at the back, Igesund appears to have no solution on who should play the holding midfielder role.

“With the squad that Parreira selected, I cannot say who should play as an anchor if Aaron is used as a centre-back. But central defence is the best position for Mokoena in the team together with Nasief (Morris),” he adds.

Though disappointed with Sunday night’s performance Igesund still holds reason to believe that Parreira can build a strong team for the 2010 World Cup.

“We just have to be patient as he is here to build a formidable team for the World Cup. I am disappointed in the performance (against Tunisia). Some of the guys were over elaborate and instead of making that quick pass, they would hold onto the ball for too long and it cost us.

“They failed to get behind the Tunisian defence by whipping in crosses and tried too hard to go through the middle.

“It was a game we had to win as the group was tight but now Angola and Tunisia have the advantage and all they have to do is draw to get to the next stage,” said Igesund – popular for playing the long ball when he won the League with Manning Rangers and Santos.

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