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Josephs back for Bafana

2012-08-03 13:48
Moeneeb Josephs (Gallo Images)

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."

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