Josephs eyes more silverware

2012-07-24 18:36
Moeneeb Josephs (File)

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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