By NAKAMPE LEKWADU
WRITE him off at your own peril, but Gordon Egesund is arguably one of the best coaches to have been produced by this country.
In his career as a coach, the 55 years-old Igesund has guided four top flight clubs to league titles, first with Manning Rangers which lifted the inaugural Castle Premiership during the 1996/97 season, and then Orlando Pirates (2000/01) before he could stamp out his authority while proving his critics wrong by lifting the same title with Santos (2001/02) and Mamelodi Sundowns (2006/07) respectively.
Apart from earning popularity as a record-breaking coach by winning four league titles with different clubs, the Durban, KwaZulu-Natal born mentor has also two Top 8 titles under his belt. This after he had lifted the BP Top 8 with Pirates in 2000 before he could brace himself in 2007 when he guided Sundowns to clinching the same competition under a different sponsor as the SAA Supa 8.
On Saturday, October 22, Igesund will be expected to revive his glory days as the winning coach-and this time when he guide Moroka Swallows against the visiting Mamelodi Sundowns. Kick-Off at the Dobsonville Stadium in Soweto is at 8.15pm.
Having saved the Beautiful Birds from going down the dreaded football doldrums last season, it is very clear that the soft-spoken Igesund is now in the right track in terms of taking the club to the new heights.
The club is currently on an unthinkable position three on the Absa Premiership log with 16 points, two behind the rejuvenated log leaders SuperSport United and the same number of points from second placed, Kaizer Chiefs. This after Swallows had won five of their eight league matches, lost one while the other two matches ended in draws.
As the saying goes: “The power of the crocodiles is in the water.”, it remain to be seen if Igesund’s fairy-tale by far at home can be tested by the visiting Brazilians who have been doing well lately.
The Tshwane-based sides are lying fourth on the log with 15 points from four victories, three draws and one loss, and that is a motivation on its own for the two sides which are equally hungry for silver-ware to produce the best performance come Saturday.
In their last two meetings this year, Swallows lost all the matches, losing 2-0 and 4-0 on February 2 and August 24 respectively.
Veteran striker, Siyabonga Nomvethe who has since scored four league goals this season remain Igesund’s hope for goals up front. Supporting Bhele up front will be Mpho “Zico” Maleka with Lefa Tsutsulupa who is Swallows’ current second leading scorer with three goals as another secret weapon for Igesund.