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Igesund not thinking about Bafana Bafana 18/02/04
Ajax Cape Town coach Gordon Igesund is not prepared to be drawn on reports linking him to the Bafana Bafana coaching hot-seat, instead choosing to focus on winning his fourth Castle Premiership title.

Igesund, who has won league championships with Manning Rangers, Orlando Pirates and Santos, is hotly tipped to fill the position left open by the axing of Shakes Mashaba on the eve of the Africa Cup of Nations.

"The national issues will happen if it's meant to," Igesund told the Cape Times on Tuesday. "I am currently highly focused on getting my team off on a winning note after the lengthy lay-off."

If winning credentials are anything to go by, Igesund is head and shoulders above any coach in South Africa at present.

However, for the moment he is looking no further than leading Ajax to a maiden league title.

The Urban Warriors get back in to action on Wednesday against Jomo Cosmos in Johannesburg after being inactive since the first week of the new year due to their player commitments in the Nations Cup in Tunisia.

People are saying that the inactivity could be a negative thing, but I have always been one for changing negatives into positives, said Igesund.

"I am hoping that we can continue from where we left off before the break for the (Nations Cup). The best for us would be to win (on Wednesday) as well as on Sunday to regain the winning momentum."

It is believed that Igesund sent colleagues to watch Santos' 3-2 win over Cosmos last weekend to identify their strengths and weaknesses.

Regarding the Ezenkosi, who are coached by another hot contender for the Bafana Bafana job, Jomo Sono, Igesund added: "Cosmos are a very good side and are well coached. They will be even tougher to beat after going down to Santos.

The reality is that they are in a precarious position outside the top eight and could well find themselves in the relegation dogfight if we beat them."

Ajax are second on the PSL standings, five points behind leaders Santos, but with five games in hand on the Peoples Team.

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