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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-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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