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 60)
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
2014–2016 SuperSport United
2016– Highlands Park
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Gordon Igesund (born 22 July 1956) is a former South African football player and coach who was most recently the manager of Highlands Park in the Premier Soccer League.[1]

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. he

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 hearetained as the president d coach of Moroka Swallows in November 2010.[2] 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.[3]

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 3 June 2014, SAFA announced that they will not be renewing his contract with the South African national football team.

Igesund was appointed head coach of SuperSport United in September 2014 and in November 2014 he led the team to the Telkom Knockout title. However, following a series of poor results he was fired in January 2016.

Igesund was primed to take over as coach of Zambia's national team and turned down many opportunities in the interim only to find out that the federation had tended in another direction with retained president, Edgar Lungu, deciding to have a local coach.[4]

Igesund returned to Highlands Park to become there manager in October 2016,[5] where he used to play his football. However, on 1 April 2017, Highlands Park's club director Sinky Mnisi comfirmed that Igesund had been fired with only four matches remaining in the 2016/17 season.[6] Igesund was shocked upon hearing the news and he responded that the club "were on track with our plan and only one point off the tally we had marked out at this stage."[7]

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, Ørsta, Møre og Romsdal - 1897 in Port Shepstone) arrived as part of the 229 Marburg Norwegian Settlers who sailed on the “Lapland” from Ålesund 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.[8] 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. ^ Strydom, Marc. "Gordon Igesund returns to Highlands Park after 37 years". Times LIVE. Retrieved 2016-12-27. 
  2. ^ mg.co,za retrieved 18 Feb 2011
  3. ^ "Igesund named new Bafana coach". Premier Soccer League. official website. 30 June 2012. Retrieved 30 June 2012. 
  4. ^ www.realnet.co.uk. "Highlands Park coach Gordon Igesund holds no grudges over Zambia snub". Kick Off. Retrieved 2016-12-27. 
  5. ^ Strydom, Marc. "Gordon Igesund returns to Highlands Park after 37 years". Times LIVE. Retrieved 2016-12-27. 
  6. ^ Magasela, Bongani. "Bottom club Highlands Park fires coach Gordon Igesund". Times LIVE. Retrieved 2017-05-06. 
  7. ^ "Gordon Igesund is shocked by his exit as Highlands Park explain their decision.". www.soccerladuma.co.za. Retrieved 2017-05-06. 
  8. ^ ancestry24.com/gordon-igesund-bafana-coach/