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Josephs eyes more silverware

2012-07-24 18:36

Johannesburg - Orlando Pirates goalkeeper Moeneeb Josephs says the hunger of winning more trophies with the side has kept his ambitions burning for the upcoming season.

The Buccaneers achieved a successive treble of trophies in the last campaign - the most prolific era in the club's 75-year history.

This also the goalkeeper's most rewarding period since making his professional debut in 1997.

"You know playing 13, 14 years of football, it's at Pirates now where I'm starting to win things," Josephs said.

"Things have been going well, and we have a good squad for this season again.

"There are still things to achieve this coming season. I still want us to defend all the titles we won [last season]."

At 32, the eccentric Josephs is in his prime, however, he has remained mum on his sudden retirement from Bafana Bafana duty in June, shortly before the side's FIFA 2014 World Cup qualifying matches.

Josephs, in a statement, reasoned that he wanted to concentrate on his family and club career, amid talks of him not being happy playing second fiddle in the national set up under then coach Pitso Mosimane.

According to reports, new coach Gordon Igesund is keen to speak to the shot stopper so he could return to the international fold with the Africa Cup of Nations taking place in South Africa early next year.

However, having achieved a milestone of featuring at the World Cup stage, Josephs said the one big incentive he was focussed on was featuring in a CAF Champions League winning team.

Pirates were eliminated at the first round stage this year, and qualified for next year's tournament on virtue of winning the Premiership again.

They remain the only South African club to have lifted the coveted trophy back in 1995, after assembling arguably the country's most formidable squad, have set ambitions of a second title.

"There were lessons learnt [from this year's failed participation]," said Josephs.

"And we want to do well this time around. We are fully focussed and will go 100% at it.

"These are the tournaments that will test us, playing against these bigger guys from North Africa."

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Comments
  • mabhekana.nzuza - 2012-07-24 20:32

    In your dreams boy, not this time my son until u fix your false teeth.

      gondlars - 2012-07-24 20:58

      Defintly dat wz jst a chrstmas n it cmes once a year nomore its over

      mzoxolo.boyana - 2012-07-24 23:20

      @Nzuza uphuma kweyiphi i-planet? Ujoseph ubhetele kuno khune.. Wagqibela nini ukhune ukuphumelela i-league?

      nkosinathi.dyantyi.9 - 2012-07-25 06:04

      Khune won it before dom kat uphuma kweyiphi iplanet wena xa ungayazi lonto

      tsaneka1 - 2012-07-25 06:53

      @ gondlars, must have been a great year then because x-mas came in a form of a treble.

      mzoxolo.boyana - 2012-07-25 07:36

      @nkosinathi. ndithi wagqibela nini? Okanye ufuna ndithi amakhosi agqibela nini ukuphumelela indebe ye-league?.

      cosmas.ngwenya - 2012-07-25 12:43

      who is dreaming here? @ mabhekana wake-up man, stop denying, pirates r the dominant force, wake up 2 reality....

  • ramohapelwa.berries - 2012-07-24 21:47

    Stop being the weakest link. Shut the backdoor. Then another treble and a star are in the bag.

  • Andile S. Mphephethwa - 2012-07-25 12:12

    Chiefs fans are angry and moody all the time! one would guess and say...lack of silverware lately is reason for so much hostility towards their arch-rivals...behaving like 'abafazi abafetshelwa amadoda' Grow up you sissies, sometimes u win...sometyms u lose! and right now you losing! *Black Leopards fan*

  • cosmas.ngwenya - 2012-07-25 12:40

    thankx josephs we wil be there 2 support u all the way, we need the african championship, locally there is jus no competition, jus 2 much talk from the wanna-bes

  • phutirapheeha - 2012-07-25 14:44

    Spoken like a true champ... Up the Bucs!

  • maano.nekhavhambe - 2012-07-26 11:56

    We did not plan it(last campaign) properly,dats y we were bowed out in the first stages of the tournament but next year we will learn from our mistakes. Am confident that at the eand of the 2013 calendar year,we ll be having a second gold star. Happy people until Bobby submit his cv to the IFP

  • buddynorm.malope - 2012-07-30 08:06

    That’s how it started last yr...Black label..what’s next...sehlogo sa Kgwele ya dinao...how can you defend against Bucs....

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