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Football: South Africa coach Igesund has appendix removed

South Africa football coach Gordon Igesund was recovering in hospital Thursday after a successful operation to remove his appendix. "The operation was successful, Gordon is feeling well and in good spirits and he should be released by the weekend," a South African Football Association statement said. Igesund, 56, winner of the South African Premiership with a record four clubs, was appointed national coach six months ago and guided the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations hosts to the quarter-finals. dl/dj

Football: South Africa coach Igesund in hospital

South Africa coach Gordon Igesund has been admitted to hospital due to severe abdominal pain, a national football association spokesman said Wednesday. The doctor treating the 56-year-old said initial tests showed he might be suffering from appendicitis and that further investigations would be done to confirm the diagnosis. Igesund, winner of the South African Premiership with a record four clubs, became national coach six months ago and guided the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations hosts to the quarter-finals last month. dl/ak

Soccer-Stuttering South Africa no longer have any fear - coach

By Mark Gleeson DURBAN, South Africa, Feb 1 (Reuters) - South Africa coach Gordon Igesund promised they will show more steel in Saturday's African Nations Cup quarter-final against Mali after the nervous hosts scraped through the group phase. They were almost knocked out of the tournament before an 86th minute equaliser by defender Siyabonga Sangweni in their final group game against Morocco saw them sneak through.

WRAPUP 1-Soccer-South Africa close in on last eight in Group A

By Mike Collett NELSPRUIT, South Africa, Jan 23 (Reuters) - South Africa closed in on the African Nations Cup knockout stages with a win on Wednesday while debutants Cape Verde Islands narrowly failed to do the same as Group A came alive after its moribund start. Hosts South Africa got their first win in the finals since 2004 with a fine 2-0 victory over Angola at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban to take top spot in the group on four points.

Soccer-South Africa coach says players froze in Nations Cup opener

By Mike Collett JOHANNESBURG, Jan 19 (Reuters) - South Africa coach Gordon Igesund accused his players of losing their nerve during a woeful display against tiny Cape Verde Islands in the goalless opening match of the African Nations Cup on Saturday. Igesund, South Africa's third coach since the World Cup finals in South Africa in 2010, made no excuses for the hosts' poor display at Soccer City.

Soccer-S Africa coach confident of overcoming poor finishing

By Mark Gleeson JOHANNESBURG, Jan 17 (Reuters) - South Africa coach Gordon Igesund expects his goal-shy team to overcome their poor finishing when they kick off their African Nations Cup finals campaign on Saturday. "We've done a lot of work in the last days on finishing with more composure and timing and working on trying to create a lot more easier chances," Igesund said ahead of the team's opening game in Johannesburg against the Cape Verde Islands.

Soccer-Hosts forego bonus payments at Nations Cup

JOHANNESBURG, Jan 16 (Reuters) - South Africa's footballers have agreed to forego bonus payments at the African Nations Cup finals until the knockout stage of the tournament, coach Gordon Igesund said on Wednesday. "The players themselves decided they will only accept a bonus payment if they get to the quarter-finals and again if they reach the final. There is no money in the first round and nothing for the semi-final," he said.

Soccer-South African morale dented by loss ahead of Nations Cup

By Mark Gleeson CAPE TOWN, Jan 8 (Reuters) - African Nations Cup hosts South Africa suffered a morale-deflating 1-0 defeat at home to a young Norway side on Tuesday in their penultimate warm-up international. Norway, with a team of inexperienced home-based players, scored the only goal from captain Tarik Elyounoussi four minutes before half-time.

Soccer-South Africa can cause Nations Cup 'shock' - coach

By Mark Gleeson CAPE TOWN, Jan 7 (Reuters) - South Africa, tumbling down the FIFA rankings and given little chance in their home tournament, can "shock people" and make a bold bid to win the African Nations Cup, coach Gordon Igesund said on Monday. Igesund said his squad, hard hit by injury, the retirement from international football of captain Steven Pienaar and a match fixing scandal that led to a temporary suspension of top officials, was on the right path.
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