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Josephs back for Bafana

2012-08-03 13:48

Johannesburg - Orlando Pirates goalkeeper Moeneeb Josephs has made himself available for Bafana Bafana selection after meeting with national coach Gordon Igesund, the SA Football Association announced on Friday.

“I went to see Moeneeb Josephs regarding his Bafana Bafana future and to discuss his retirement from international football, which I thought was premature," Igesund said in a statement.

"I didn’t go there to beg him to play for the national team, but to hear the reasons for his early retirement at the peak of his career.

“He opened up to me and told me the reasons for his decision.

"I believe the issues are personal and it would be unfair for me to discuss them publicly."

Josephs, 32, announced his retirement from international football on the eve of Bafana's 2014 World Cup qualifier against Ethiopia in June.

Igesund replaced former coach Pitso Mosimane later that month after the national side had put together a string of poor results.

"Josephs feels he still has a lot to offer and would love to be considered for selection into the Bafana Bafana squad again," Igesund said.

"He also acknowledged that he has to work as hard as all the other players to earn a national team call up as there are many good goalkeepers in the country.

"He assured me he would fight for his place in the squad."

SAPA

Comments
  • Xulu.Thulany.Xaba - 2012-08-03 14:02

    This is ridiculous!! Senzo Mayiwa is way better than that toothless cry baby

      nhamo.dzenyika - 2012-08-03 14:14

      What Xulu:)? Toothless you say? He has both hands at least maan, which is important.

  • peter.ndamase - 2012-08-03 14:24

    This boy is misinformed. Winning all titles does not necessary mean that the bafana number 1 jersey should be handed to him. Khune remains the best, competitive goalkeeper in the PSL. Moneeb must seriously deal with his emotions.

      jonathan.mokgotlhoa - 2012-08-03 15:32

      Well Peter, actually it does. In fact Moeneeb should be made captain of the SA squad. He can read the game well, he can rally and organise his defenders, and he can distribute the ball effectively to the wings without always resorting to goal-kicks.

  • vernon.samuel.7 - 2012-08-03 14:33

    He is just another prima donna in the mould of benni mcarthy. If gordon drops him for just one game, he will probably threaten to quit again. But having said that, he will represent our country and we have to support him I suppose!!!

  • mahomedrafeek.goolam - 2012-08-03 14:52

    Khune the best in SA,that's why Bafana and Chief's have won so many matches ne'.Guy's remember that youg keeper is your last line of defence and Pirates have won many trophys.That's all I am going to say.You go Gordon,first Benni,now Josephs.Maybe you should select the whole Pirates team,just kidding.LOL :,)

  • nketso.kgwadi - 2012-08-03 15:12

    Personally bafana was better off wothout him careless in the post

  • jonathan.mokgotlhoa - 2012-08-03 15:25

    Reason prevails at last. Moeneeb is by far our best goalkeeper. I could not understand why he was always playing second fiddle to Khune. I would have quit as well If I were him. ...and it is not fair to label this guy as a prima donna!

      phindile.zina - 2012-08-04 07:48

      That's your opinion...

  • tokollo.moeletsi - 2012-08-03 16:43

    Khune is a great goal-keeper but Josephs is far more matured. Remember it was Khune who contributed to us not qualifying for AFCON with time wasting tactics.

  • Bheki Mpofu - 2012-08-03 16:46

    Josephs is nothing but a low-life useless cry-baby.

      nkosinathi.dyantyi.9 - 2012-08-04 07:00

      Domkat scare to compete with khune

  • ndyeboreginaldmazawule - 2012-08-03 16:53

    I guess we need to wait for him to confirm just as the coach did confirm about Benni's return.

  • nramohale - 2012-08-03 18:45

    bafana has bcum mor polotical 4 me, Igesund must hve prmsd ''him'' much dan wat Pitso usd 2 gve ''him''....i jst wanda if he's gona retire again if he dnt get da mzanzi's no 1 goalie

  • NgcolocyFN - 2012-08-04 05:21

    joseph u want to run bafana as a spaza shop nw whn u fill like retirerin u'l jst write a letter n say what eva nw dat u cn c no 1 begged u u decides to manipulate gordin sies waa bora this is soccer my outie it bigger dan u n ur so called friend benni so dnt come wtd ur cape twn twaak

  • wwerum - 2012-08-04 05:30

    Gordon is a good coach but I think he is trying too much. He mst be careful with his fashion of talking players out of retirement, he myt b manufacturing his failure. It's de same reason dat contributed 2 other coahes' failures.

  • Lesetja Sema - 2012-08-04 07:25

    @jonathan with due respect, i think wat u just wrote is wat exactly Khune is at doing as 4 Joseph is gud at organising de defense, motivating players & making a lot noise but not on ball distribution. anyway he deserve a chance

  • phindile.zina - 2012-08-04 08:30

    Gordon, must stop visiting retired players and focus on patriotic players.

  • nathi.ntshobodwana - 2012-08-04 11:07

    He was correct to retire. He couldnt play second fiddle to a goalkeeper who was conceeding goals in all his games. I thank Gordon for understanding his frustration and bringing sanity to the way the team selected......merit not popularity. This is no hollywood but soccer/sport.

      phindile.zina - 2012-08-04 11:53

      Khune kept many clean-sheets and he's still on form for the National Team.

  • lenox.ntlantsana - 2012-08-04 12:08

    Benni's previous utterances in public had almost demolished his good career in SA football. This young talented (moonieb) should have learnt a lesson to pursue his talent irrespective of appearances as days are not always the same. \r\n\r\nAgain, we can't run away from the fact that everything nawadays is politically driven. Let's leave politics to its masters and focus on football and work hard into building a better and sound PSL that will break such barriers. \r\n\r\nIgusend was always there for the job many years ago. Millions could've been saved if SAFA had considered the who drove Bafana to be crowned as AFCON champs in 2006. \r\n\r\n#nufsaid#

  • mthetheleli.ntshobololo.1 - 2012-08-05 16:36

    So what Benni says now???????????????????????????????????????????????????

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