Gordon Igesund has been appointed South Africa football coach, beating caretaker Steve Komphela to the role after a series of interviews with national federation officials.

The South African Football Association says that the 55-year-old Igesund will take over on a two-year deal and must reach at least the semifinals of next year's African Cup of Nations, which South Africa hosts, and qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Igesund and Komphela, a former national team defender, reached the final round of interviews on Saturday after five candidates were initially considered. Komphela was in temporary charge of the team after Pitso Mosimane was fired.

SAFA President Kirsten Nematandani says ''both coaches are well-equipped to take Bafana Bafana forward. At the end of the day it was a unanimous decision.''