Benni backs Josephs' exit

2012-05-23 10:24

Johannesburg - Orlando Pirates goalkeeper Moeneeb Josephs has quit international football, so says Bucs team-mate Benni McCarthy.

McCarthy broke the news after Josephs asked to be excused from Bafana Bafana's upcoming Soccer World Cup 2014 qualifiers with Ethiopia and Botswana, as well as a friendly with Gabon next month.

According to McCarthy, Josephs is frustrated at playing second fiddle to Kaizer Chiefs' Itumeleng Khune.

McCarthy said in the Cape Times: "Moeneeb is a great professional, and if I was in his situation, I would have done the same thing.

"You do everything possible to fight for the number one spot, but you know yourself you are never going to be number one, because it's fairly clear it's Itumeleng Khune.

"He's (Khune) a great goalkeeper who's worked hard and put himself there... (but) in this country, there are a lot of great goalkeepers and you have to make it open for everyone to fight for the number one. It's clearly not like that, it's plain to see the manager (Pitso Mosimane) has his ideas of who is the number one, irrespective of other great goalkeepers around.

"So in an act of frustration it happens when you get to 30 and you feel you are not achieving your goals. It is better to continue to do what makes you happy, to play club football."

Bafana's record scorer added: "He is my roommate and he was asking for my input, and I said 'You are on your own. I don't want to advise you, make your decision, and whatever you decide, I am behind you'. When he explained his reasons, the man just broke down crying.

"I understand Moeneeb's issues and hopefully it will work out for the best and people's won't hate him," concluded McCarthy.

Josephs played 19 times for the national side.


  • Thando Cagwe - 2012-05-23 10:41

    i shouldv guessed he spends too much time with Benni.

  • lmathebe - 2012-05-23 10:49

    He's a great 'keeper...'come 2013 he will be swimming in the darkness of ignorance.Go well Moeneeb

  • Sango - 2012-05-23 10:55

    i have to support him on this one, no one wants to settle for second best.

      Molebatsi Sehenye - 2012-05-23 11:41

      valdes nd reina are playing 2nd fiddle to casillas yet thy still honour the call up plus thy are great goalkeepers bt its fyn Moneeb we wont even miss u bra u dd nothing wen given a chance

  • bobi.tsotetsi - 2012-05-23 11:05

    Suka benni is biter he passed it on this boy. let dem go to hang demself.

      Zimbobwe - 2012-05-23 14:18

      @Brendon, they are waiting for you at the lolly house. What takes you so long with that tik parcel??? The girls are thirsty and the brothers have finished with them they need their fix!!!

  • kaybee.kubu - 2012-05-23 11:16

    guys, come on now. who really wants to settle for 2'nd best... even your nyatsi's end up wanting to take the title at some point.

  • Su - 2012-05-23 11:17

    Being number 2 is not so bad either and you get paid for it. Plus Khune gets injured all the time so he may actually get to play. Go cry elsewhere little twerp. How many aspiring soccer players would die for the opportunity to be called up for national duty?

  • louis.langenhoven - 2012-05-23 11:19

    c'mon Slimkat we need you- it takes one incident and Nkune get badly injured and then you are the goalie. I'm also sure it Nkune starts messing up they will drop him- lets face it the man is good- there is not much to choose between you guys. Come and sit on the bench if needs Afrikaans we say "'n halwe eier is beter as 'n lee dop"!

  • asivhanga - 2012-05-23 11:25

    There are lots of good goalkeepers. If Moeneeb don't want to play, that's fine. So Senzo Meyiwa should also quit Pirates for playing second fiddle to you. Moeneeb must not throw stones, he's living in the glasshouse.

  • Bonga - 2012-05-23 11:28

    I am quite disappointment that Ben McCard can support a decision like this. You know I had great respect for Moeneeb but you don't quit the game because you think, and you think, you'd never be considered for a number 1 position. It is unfortunate that Moeneeb got to be advised by somebody who has achieved a lot in his football career. Ben McCard doesn't have Moeneeb's interests at heart here. If he really wanted to advise him, he should have said 'man, you know this [considered to represent Bafana Bafana] is a ticket to play for bigger teams in the world. You should be proud of this. It is an achievement on its own ~ it could lead to greater things later on in your career. By retirinng you're closing doors in front of you. DON'T BE LIKE ME' That is advise from a friend and not what he has come up with.

      Nsuku - 2012-05-24 13:53

      Thanks Bonga you can say that again..........

  • bruce.cloete - 2012-05-23 11:33

    I would also pull out call it what u may SA football is racist khune was on injury half the season goals rained on his return and still he is number 1 come on who we kidding a clrd player above a black neva gna happen

  • mfanafuthi.skele - 2012-05-23 11:34

    Benni will always be bad influence. I'm not suprised that they are even roommates, he's always been controvesial when it comes to SA soccer.

  • nhlapop - 2012-05-23 11:35

    Like as if we care what you said to him, Bennie is lying here. He know exactly what he said to him. Go well, go with Shell Slimkaat . The decision that you taken to quit International football will cost you one day, you are afraid of the challenges.

      brendon.vanaswegen - 2012-05-23 12:17

      Get real you call bafana international soccer!!what a joke..they cant even reach the african cub...the brothers are doing the right thing and just play club soccer..thats why international clubs see more talent in the brothers then Bafana selectors...get real...Benny did reach hisdream and played for top clubs...much better/rewarding then playing for Bafunny bafunny!!!..they are a joke!!! people on merrit..we 18 years into democracy and we cant get past the race thing..please long does SA want to be a welfare government than a entrepreneurial government...we moving backwards bru!!!

      mfanafuthi.skele - 2012-05-23 13:20

      @brendon.vanaswegen, dude stay away from soccer because of your ignorance, you probably think its the same as rugby or cricket, dude its different. In soccer you are competing with almost every country in the world. There is less than 20 countries in the world that play rugby and cricket. Having said that white kids choose to play rugby and cricket its a fact, soccer players are chosen based on merit. Very few whites play soccer in this country, name 11 white players that play soccer in this country. You are just being obtuse hypocrit.

  • Maswazi - 2012-05-23 11:37

    Slam I support your decision man you don't need BAFANA BAFANA but they NEED you. To PITSO play your favorites Mr Mosimane and leave PIRATES Players ALONE. To BENITO man next season I want u not just to brake records but to write HISTORY .we(Pirates fans) we are tired of this number 1 nd number 2 thing of BAFANA BAFANA.

      Cosmas - 2012-05-23 13:02

      i gree wit u maswazi..

  • khutso.b - 2012-05-23 11:40

    hmmm money vs arrogance... Benni you suck!

  • maleselapaulm - 2012-05-23 11:41

    Follow your heart my bro.we are behind you in every decision you are taking. Slim kat,as orlando pirates fans we are proud of you and your work.

  • Ziggamann - 2012-05-23 11:49

    Moeneeb should be ahead of khune on current form. I support the decision.

      Carlos - 2012-05-23 12:49

      I agree with you, I too support his decision. If my coach chose the embarrassing Diver/Bad Actor/Time Waster/guy who cost us going to the Afcon, above me I would also quit. Whats the point, he will never get to play. Can imagine, poor Moeneeb, such a under used wasted talent. Bafana and who ever runs or controls them need to seriously catch a wake up, we have so much unused talent here in SA.

  • jackey.moss - 2012-05-23 11:50

    He is clearly not good enough to be handed the the tag of SA number 1, In that case all reserves should also quit internation football and let Bafana Bafana be left with only 11 players...Arrogance wont get you anywhere, Keep practicing ...

      Cosmas - 2012-05-23 13:06

      i wonder who is your 11 players? khune cost bafana qualifying 4 africa nations cup, he is such an idiot. bafana doesnt need him. n i bet bafana will continue losing

  • Mosa Kola - 2012-05-23 11:51

    Well goalkeeping department is very tricky, u cnt chop nd change da numba 1 spot in da internaionak level nd besyd, khune has yet 2 give the manager any reasons 2 drop him when bafana r on the field. Yes khune may nt bein doin wel at club level bt at contry level he always on top of his game. Lets b fair nw

  • jento.dayisi - 2012-05-23 11:53

    slimkaat is indeed a good goalkeepr but when it comes to comparism between him and khune for the national team Khune comes first, slimkaat did get some game time and for me he was not better than Khune , Benni you are also a good player but for now you are not a national team material Nomvethe is much better than you , at pirates you have got good players that surround you and understands you , so dont influence slimkaat for your bitterness

  • Tankiso Mogoje - 2012-05-23 11:59

    Benin is a bad influence,he has got money and you don't Moeneeb.The money was going to help you a lot in the long run,but i quess if one doesn't think straight and gets easily influenced this are the results.But again age was not on your side and we still good young keepers like the Supersport guy.

      Lawrence - 2012-05-25 19:59

      Bitter Chiefs fan

  • Kabelo - 2012-05-23 12:00

    Mc carthy the reject again u a really a bed influence. Moneeb is a crying babe who does not like challengies he ran away from ajax scared that hans vonk will take his spot.

  • Ziggamann - 2012-05-23 12:02

    Breaking news! Stevie Wonder just called me said he saw this coming

  • nhlanhlass - 2012-05-23 12:09

    Benni McCarthy his great footballer but he must learn not to stick his noise where it doesn't belong.Those who are seeking career advise from McCarthy they should kiss their football career goodbye.

      Lawrence - 2012-05-25 20:00

      Benni is the best SA ever produced

  • Kabelo - 2012-05-23 12:11

    Mc carthy did not quite during 2010 world cup even wen his form was 00% he wanted to be selected. Remeber no player is biger than the game. Or u can play race cart to get u way.

  • Luzuko - 2012-05-23 12:12

    Benni is the bad infuence in south African soccer he thinkis allways better player more than enyone

  • mwana.wevhu.18 - 2012-05-23 12:17

    why am I not surprised with Big Mac' advice.the guy is stupidly arrogant.he may have won a lot of 'things' but his attitude overshadow it all.just listen to the post match interview he had with supersport after the golden arrows match.someone close to him need to talk to him, but I doubt he will give a fintch what they will say

  • sandile.puti - 2012-05-23 12:32

    I just wonder whether he will quit club football as well when he is benched at Orlando Pierats

  • neo.khemisi - 2012-05-23 12:46

    Coward of the cowdie I mean there(bafanaBafana) is not pie-rats were u are granted 1st position baba

  • Vusi - 2012-05-23 12:47

    Look who's talking. Benni is bitter because Pitso call Nomvethe ahead of him (fatty boom boom). Moeneeb should have raised this issue long time ago, not to wait for "Big Brother" to influence him and advocate for him. Sies maan!

      Tshepo Molebalwa - 2012-05-23 13:52

      Well said maVusana

      Tshepo Molebalwa - 2012-05-23 13:58

      That's why Benny's name will be mentioned last behind Drogba, Eto and the likes.... Moneeb put personal ambitions before his country.... In such I consider him a traitor... In war, we can't be all be generals

      Lawrence - 2012-05-25 20:06

      Nomvethe is good and Benni is great

  • Njabuliso Lencetio - 2012-05-23 12:51

    well i agree with Benni South african soccer is a big joke it quite obvious who is going to play or selected no competition @ all so i was goin to quit too, good decision Moneeb leave the poor managed drunk SAFA , which is never going anywhere with poor structures no promised development throughout the country.

  • Mhluleli - 2012-05-23 12:52

    he led him so he must finish what he started oohh poor just reach your destiny with Benni, he will fool you arround that guy has a lot of money and you do need that extra cash....slim clever.

  • Cosmas - 2012-05-23 12:55

    That clearly show tht the national team is in a mess, thats why they will never win anything...josephs is by far mentally ready than the overated bt under achieving khune..good decision man. pitso must stop this attitude of playing so n so because of their names. select according to merit..!!

      Lenisto - 2012-05-23 23:13

      Chief do you know the saying, "If you can't beat them join them" ? Probably not! Indeed Khune is overated but still he remains the finest keeper in S.A whether you like it or not, just embrace it and get overself. Pretty much you the one who is not mentally fit given that you supporting Moeneeb's decision yet he's being misled by this so called big headed Benni. It's quite obvious that Benni was the one who influenced this boy to make that call, Josephs never had problem with Khune being number 1 keeper and the team was not yet selected to say Pitso is favouring...

  • Ndumiso - 2012-05-23 13:00

    To all those who dis Slimkaat,should really consider the fact that those who always settle for 2nd best aren't worthy of being in the national squad at all, as they will always accept less than the best. That's why the national squad currently sucks they are not mentally strong enough to strive 4 nothing but the best. PS- A draw is 2nd best to winning.......Get my point!!!!!!

  • Lesetja Sema - 2012-05-23 13:02

    benni must stop interfering in other ppl's issue. he is bad, nxt tym he will bucs player not play bcs he wants an increase. arrogant bad player.

      Lawrence - 2012-05-25 20:05

      Benni is a superstar not average like Simphiwe, Nomvethe and all the other dancers

  • Rob - 2012-05-23 13:09

    Cheers ! Dont come back.

  • mveleli.mbombo - 2012-05-23 13:14

    who the does he think he is, telling the manager which players to sign, which coach should takeover and now leading joseph to hell...where on earth have u ever seen a keeper quiting international football at the age of 32...we have seen the likes of valdes and reina playing the second spot for years bt still honour their call-ups....Benni grow up, im sure you were gonna honour your call-up so why messing around with the boy...mxm!!!!!

  • zanelehunadi.mosoane - 2012-05-23 13:20

    Arg Slim kat sit down Khune s number one and will remain there

  • john.radebe - 2012-05-23 13:21

    I think Pitso needs advise. He needs to excercise good judgement, and to win the affection of both players and the nation. Arrogancy wll bring him down. Please be wise Pitso...

  • milton.tefo - 2012-05-23 13:39

    If u feel a heat in kitchen u must get out coz there is no way u can take the stove out of the kitchen. Good decision Joseph.

  • malcolm.oconnor.58 - 2012-05-23 14:12

    Josephs deserves to be no 1 for bafana , khune makes far to many unforced errors & is to much of a showman , has cost chiefs & bafana vital games, however in sa been the best keeper (josephs) does not necessarily get you selected for bafana . khune will continue to "cost" us !!!!!

  • Furumele - 2012-05-23 14:33

    Kweeeeeek: most of you guys with negative comments about Benni and Moeneeb I bet u Kaizer Chiefs fans. facing the facts now: the Psl log says it all. khune, finished at number 5 due to his poor goalkeeping. Joseph's at 1st. this time round: Joseph's worked so hard to deserve the number 1 spot. and as for Benni: you guys can talk as much as you want, I think it’s high time you realise that: all ur criticisms on him its only developing him into a greater legend. well done Benni, all those negative talks, u putting them into a better us. With Pitso as Bafunny Bafunny coach we going nowhere, we can kiss the 2014 world cup good bye.

      Molefi - 2012-05-23 15:05

      HAHAHAHAHAAAAAAA...Great one, there, bru. Bafunny Bafunny!!!!!! tl tl tl tl tl tl tl tl tl tl! Heeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

      Ad - 2012-05-23 17:02

      Exactly ..As long as there is political interference and the mindset of self proclaimed "best coach in Africa" Pitso.. I see only one direction Bafana is going...and that is DOWN!!....

      Xulu.Thulany.Xaba - 2012-05-23 21:57

      @Furumele? a chiefs fan and I disagree wit wat u saying! Pie-rat defense is solid an perfect so u cnt say josephs is the key player no boss and how many man of the match did joseph won? Oh n check goal against chiefs and pie-rat compare gt jo facts 1st bcos making such utterance

  • wayne.nkuna - 2012-05-23 14:47

    moenib is by far this season better then Khune......and stil gets head, BAFANYA BAFANYA ARE NOT GOIN ANYWERE WITH SUCH FOOLS AT HELM.

      Molefi - 2012-05-23 15:10

      Absolutely. Mosimane is a loser. The whole SAFA setup is a bunch of morons. If you don't believe me, check out the long list of fumbles and bloopers they have made since taking over; chief among them being the CAF rules 'misreading' debacle. You guys will one day be ranked below my country, Lesotho. Watch this space! Once a Pirate..........!!!!!!!!!!!

      Xulu.Thulany.Xaba - 2012-05-23 21:33

      Wrong!! how many man of the match did josephs win? N again its not joseph bt the solid defense of orlando pie-rat!think about that.

  • Paul - 2012-05-23 15:30

    wtf MAN. u dont deserve anything in international football. look at spain for example. so many great keepers but iker cassilas is number one and you dont find Reina, Diego López, Palop, Víctor Valdés, César, Moyà, Aranzubia saying they are retiring because he is number one. just wait, who knows what will happen. remember france 98, arendse got injured and vonk was the benefactor. stay positive bru. things dont just fall on your lap.

      Xulu.Thulany.Xaba - 2012-05-23 21:28

      Plain,simple and straightforward!

  • langton.mugunzva - 2012-05-23 16:00

    everyone likes no. 1. nyangwe kumakereke tinorwirana, even kubhora nhai?

  • Rhulani Mabunda - 2012-05-23 16:33

    We are not yet play the game,why Moneeb ran?If you know something say it dont hide it.What about if he was the one going to be in the goalkeeper.Khune was not doing well but you give him the no1 by running away.

  • Rhulani Mabunda - 2012-05-23 16:33

    We are not yet play the game,why Moneeb ran?If you know something say it dont hide it.What about if he was the one going to be in the goalkeeper.Khune was not doing well but you give him the no1 by running away.

  • mduduzi.nkuna - 2012-05-23 16:35

    lol benny was the main it seems and history says benni had done such much for a roommate advise...

  • mduduzi.nkuna - 2012-05-23 16:37

    It sound as if Benni had everything to do with moneeb's decision....history tells that benni had snub the country severally much for a roommate advise!!!

  • Ad - 2012-05-23 16:54

    I would of just stayed in the team to eat the free salary...Bafana is on a losing streak in any case..being led by the "best coach" in

  • Mbuselo Rex Bantsijang - 2012-05-23 20:01

    Bennie Khune is no1 boy u also see dat ur much gud player but watch what ur saying about youngstars Moeneb is not a real man he is running away 4 de challenge hes not gud 2b no1 4 de country