Gordon Igesund

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Gordon Igesund
Personal information
Full name Gordon George Igesund
Date of birth (1956-07-26) 26 July 1956 (age 57)
Place of birth Durban, South Africa
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1972-? Durban City
Durban United
Highlands Park
1980–1981 GAK 5 (1)
1981–1984 Admira Wacker 76 (25)
1984–1985 Durban Leeds United
1986–1987 Witbank Aces
1988–1990 Durban Bush Bucks
1991 Amazulu
1992–1993 D'Alberton Callies
Teams managed
1995 African Wanderers
1996–2000 Manning Rangers
2000–2001 Orlando Pirates
2001–2002 Santos Cape Town
2002–2006 Ajax Cape Town
2006–2008 Mamelodi Sundowns
2008–2009 Maritzburg United
2009–2010 Free State Stars
2010–2012 Moroka Swallows
2012–2014 South Africa
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Gordon Igesund (born 26 July 1956) is a former South African football player and coach who was until June 2014 the manager of the South African national football team.

Playing career[edit]

Igesund played for Durban City, Durban United, Highlands Park, Witbank Aces (player-coach), African Wanderers (player-coach), Leeds United (player-coach), AmaZulu (player-coach), Durban Bush Bucks (player-coach), D'Alberton Callies (player-coach) and also in Austria for GAK and Admira Wacker.

Early life[edit]

Igesund was born in Durban to George Norman Igesund (born 1932) who Igesund was named after. His family lived in Port Shepstone where former Arsenal player Danny Le Roux lived.

Coaching career[edit]

Igesund is a record-breaking coach in South Africa, having become the only man to coach four different top-flight teams to the Premier Soccer League championship. He first made his name when he led unfashionable coastal team Manning Rangers to the inaugural PSL title in the 1996/97 season. He followed this up in the 2000/01 season with another title, this time at the helm of Soweto giants Orlando Pirates. He proved his critics wrong the very next season, taking another unfashionable team, Cape Town’s Santos, to a surprise PSL title in 2001/02. But the nomadic Igesund was soon changing his allegiance again, this time moving to Ajax Cape Town, the satellite club of Dutch giants AFC Ajax. Igesund’s time with Ajax proved rather unsuccessful and he left the team at the end of the 2005/06 season. He then replaced Sundowns’ co-coaches Miguel Gamondi and Neil Tovey. Igesund added to his record number of PSL titles leading Sundowns to a comfortable PSL win in 2007.

Igesund took over head coach of Moroka Swallows in November 2010.[1] He took Swallows to second place in the 2011/12 season and received the PSL Coach of the Season award for the second time.

On 30 June 2012, Igesund was appointed as the South Africa national team coach on a two-year deal.[2]

Under Gordon Igesund leadership South Africa national team were knocked out in a dramatic penalty shootout defeat against Mali on 2 February 2013 after the match ended in a draw during the 2013 quarter finals. On the 3rd of June 2014, SAFA announced that they will not be renewing his contract with the South African national football team.

Coaching honours[edit]


Igesund's ancestry can be traced as far back as 1752 in Skotset More og Ramsdal, Norway. His great-grandfather and great-grandmother and Isak Mathinus Isaksen Igesund (12 October 1851 in Igesund, Herøy - 1928 in Port Shepstone) and Dorthe Petrine Sorendsdtr Brekke (3 February 1853 in Brekke, Sogn og Fjordane - 1897 in Port Shepstone) arrived as part of the 229 Marburg Norwegian Settlers who sailed on the “Lapland” from Aalesund departing on July 14, 1882 and arriving on 29 August 1882 at the Umzimkulu River, Port Shepstone to settle in Marburg and build the Norwegian Settlers Church which still exists today. Norwegian origin surnames were given by the area they were born in. Igesund's ancestors are from Igesund, Møre og Romsdal, a small farming community island near Alesund.[3] His Austria-born son Grant Igesund (born in 1982) is also a retired professional footballer who played as a striker for Ajax Cape Town, Manning Rangers and Maritzburg United among others.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ mg.co,za retrieved 18 Feb 2011
  2. ^ "Igesund named new Bafana coach". Premier Soccer League (official website). 30 June 2012. Retrieved 30 June 2012. 
  3. ^ ancestry24.com/gordon-igesund-bafana-coach/