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Bafana abandon Surman plans

2012-11-11 19:26

Johannesburg - Bafana Bafana are abandoning a bid to get Norwich City midfielder Andrew Surman to play for them at the upcoming African Nations Cup finals, coach Gordon Igesund said on his return from a week-long trip to Britain.

Igesund had travelled to try and persuade the Johannesburg-born Surman, 26, who started his career at Southampton and later helped Norwich to English Premier League promotion, to commit his international future to South Africa but says he met with a lukewarm response.

"I believe he didn't show us the interest and passion we had expected from those wanting to play for Bafana Bafana. I got the feeling that he is not ready to commit to us so will not be pursuing that mission anymore," said Igesund.

Surman played four times for the England Under-21 side, but under FIFA rules is still eligible to play for South Africa at full international level if he seeks a change of allegiance.

Igesund has in recent months already called up two other South African-born players who were raised in Europe and previously not considered - Oldham Athletic midfielder Dean Furman and former Benfica junior Ricardo Nunes, who now plays in Slovakia.

South Africa host the upcoming Nations Cup finals from January 19-February 10.

Reuters

Comments
  • tshidiso.mokhosi - 2012-11-11 20:07

    Ag let him stay there in that cold country,Igesund take a look at Madubanya he is much better than this boy.

      benjamin.mogagabe - 2012-11-11 20:21

      Let him stay,the are better players out there,such as ayanda patosi

  • thabo.malose.31 - 2012-11-11 20:56

    Is a shame because dis guy is good, maybe he deos'nt consider himself a south african.

      taylorbequest - 2012-11-11 21:26

      He is mediocre.

  • gngaleka - 2012-11-11 21:55

    Why bother, we have far better talent especially in his position. I would have been a little dissapointed if he was a striker,a position we seem to struggle in the national team and local teams.

  • luvuyo.zihle - 2012-11-11 22:12

    Mr g igesund i wish 4 yu a gd luck keep hunting all di players ar going to sout yo styly .4gat abt dosi ar always have complain no 1 ar stoping infront of the to du coaching .

  • luvuyo.zihle - 2012-11-11 22:20

    Our problem we know to much bt no coaching papers lets leave igesund do his jop nd suport him finish masouth african.

  • skvurk - 2012-11-11 22:20

    he will come around, because he has no space in England squard. There are too many better players than him in England playing that same position. so he will get into his senses. we need him in bafana but england doesnt. so if i was gordon i wasnt gonna give up on him. the coach he played under in england under 21 will never coach england. so now his future is in Bafana he will come around i have to emphasise that...he will come around.

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