Josephs back in Bafana squad

2012-08-30 11:30

Johannesburg - Goalkeeper Moeneeb Josephs has been recalled to the Bafana Bafana squad, withdrawing his retirement from international football.

New Bafana coach Gordon Igesund named his first full squad on Thursday - a group of 25 players - for friendly matches against Brazil in Sao Paulo next week and Mozambique in Nelspruit the following week.

Igesund said he did not beg for Josephs to make himself available after the second-choice shot stopper called an end to his international career in May.

“He said he would like to compete for a place in the national team, and I'm very happy about that,” Igesund said.

“Moeneeb has since written a letter to SAFA withdrawing his retirement.

“I never asked him to come back, I just wanted to know why he retired.”

Igesund also confirmed that Everton midfielder Steven Pienaar had been retained as Bafana captain.

With a number of changes to the last national squad named by former coach Pitso Mosimane in May, Igesund said he had based his selection on current form rather than reputation.

He also warned players that they would need to prove themselves on and off the field at their clubs if they hoped to be selected for the national team in future.

“I've spoken to the (club) coaches. For any player to be selected in the national team, they have to be performing for their club," Igesund said.

“If I get a report back that a player is ill-disciplined and not training properly, I will not select them.

"I will sit down with each club with the list of the three or four players I want and they will give me feedback about those players.”

Igesund said the match against Brazil, his first in charge of the side, would provide a stern test for his new-look squad.

“For us it's a great opportunity to see where we are," he said.

“I really feel this is the strongest team (available). The most important thing is to select a well balanced team.”

Igesund said he did not want to speak about players who had been left out of the 25-man group, but they would have opportunities to secure their place in the squad ahead of next year's Africa Cup of Nations tournament.

“I don't want to entertain questions about players that have not been selected," he said.

“There are no doors closed for players that have not been selected.

“There's a great vibe out in the public at the moment, and together we can make this happen and we want to make our country really proud.”

South African Football Association (SAFA) chief executive Robin Petersen said his expectations were high for Bafana under the reins of Igesund.

“We are at a turning point in SA football,” Petersen said.

“Our goal in the next 10 years is to consistently be in the top three in Africa and the top 20 in the world.”

The squad is:

Wayne Sandilands (Mamelodi Sundowns), Moeneeb Josephs (Orlando Pirates), Itumeleng Khune (Kaizer Chiefs)

Siyabonga Sangweni (Orlando Pirates), Bevan Fransman (SuperSport United), Bongani Khumalo (PAOK, Greece), Erick Mathoho (Kaizer Chiefs), Anele Ngcongca (Genk, Belgium), Punch Masenamela (Mamelodi Sundowns), Thabo Matlaba (Orlando Pirates), Kgosi Ntlhe (Peterborough, England)

Kamohelo Mokotjo (Feyenoord, Holland), Steven Pienaar (captain - Everton, England), Reneilwe Letsholonyane, Siphiwe Tshabalala (both Kaizer Chiefs), Thulani Serero (Ajax Amsterdam, Holland), Katlego Mashego (Free State Stars), Dean Furman (Oldham Athletic, England), Kagisho Dikgacoi (Crystal Palace, England), May Mahlangu (Malmo, Sweden), Lerato Chabangu (Moroka Swallows)

Bernard Parker (Kaizer Chiefs), Siyabonga Nomvete (Moroka Swallows), Dino Ndlovu (Maccabi Haifa, Israel), Thamsanqa Gabuza (Golden Arrows)


  • collinml - 2012-08-30 11:35

    Good luck Gordan and Bafana Bafana. Let the new (winning) era begin

  • naye.miya - 2012-08-30 11:43

    no Modise and Rantie????

      kwanele.sijeji - 2012-08-30 11:49

      its not abt indviduals o names its all abt wat the coach want

      phillip.cwazibe - 2012-08-30 13:07

      Yes no Modise and no Rantie.

  • sibusiso.mazibuko.9 - 2012-08-30 11:45

    I just can't understand Gordon Igesund how can he leave out Andile Jali and Teko Modise in his squad

      shamiel.mathews - 2012-08-30 11:49

      Where is Benni's name coach?

      jackie.stone.501 - 2012-08-30 12:00

      I am sure Gordon knows what is his best players, remember it is his job that is on the line not you. Regarding Modise, I think he need to build some confidence before and he maybe selected in the next game. (Search boosting teko's modise confidence on Youtube) and watch him next time he plays you will see what the documents means

      Lenisto - 2012-08-30 12:15

      You'll never understand him at any time as he's not pleasing you, do yourself a huge favour by supporting him and his selected squad, I trust in that way you'll probably understand him way better than me even...

      TheReal.EuanB - 2012-08-30 13:59

      no doubt McCarthy is a world class player, but when it comes to the international scene, he might not b able to role with the punches anymore. having said that his knowledge about attacking forwards and putting it between the sticks is unparalleled in this country. therefore i propose a consultation post for him to work directly with our stickers and share his knowledge and skills and build a better bafana

  • TW.Mthembu - 2012-08-30 11:52

    Yoh Yoh Yoh this is a ticking bomb!!!! How can you leave out Teko, Jali, Rantie, Hlompho Kekana and Thami Sangweni. 4-0 I predict!

  • Chris - 2012-08-30 12:00

    Not enough Pirates players...they are the most successful team over the past 3 seasons

  • jackie.stone.501 - 2012-08-30 12:01

    Good Luck Gordon I am sure you selected the best that could possibly make you proud.

  • thathe.mboyisa - 2012-08-30 12:04

    what a disaster? I thought he as going to select matured players and slowly introduce the youngsters to mould the team. Safa must begin to look for the next coach and hopefully a Dutch coach.

      Lenisto - 2012-08-30 12:21

      I think you should relax and give him including those selected players a chance before you talk loud, either way you'd still criticise the selected squad because it'll never pleases everyone anyway

      TheReal.EuanB - 2012-08-30 13:49

      i am an ajax supporter. we have a dutch coach... but theres a big difference between the dutch coach before and the 1 we have now... so dont generalise and give gordon a chance. he hasnt won 5 league titles. he knows about building teams, not players who get big endorsements then cant play when their pockets r full of money

  • firstseed.mbeva - 2012-08-30 12:12

    Josephs is a troll of note

  • dmcmr.dhai - 2012-08-30 12:25

    Well balanced squad not too sure about Fransman & L shabangu, would have preferred more consistent campaigners, having said that, let's all support the coach

  • marlin.samuels.1 - 2012-08-30 12:26

    as long as benni not in squad, im kwl. i was shocked to hear benni might get a call-up.

  • peter.ndamase - 2012-08-30 12:27

    Good luck Mr Fix!!!

  • unathi.dlalo - 2012-08-30 12:28

    where is Tukelo Rantie but anyway a very balanced squad, thank you coach

  • unathi.dlalo - 2012-08-30 12:29

    where is rantie and modise coach? something sinister here........

  • serame.hlapolosa - 2012-08-30 12:34

    This squad is fit to play Chippa United not Brazil. You gonna need a witch doctor to win this one.

      andile.kubukeli - 2012-08-30 13:03


  • nkosenhle - 2012-08-30 12:42

    We wish the coach and the players all the best for the upcoming games. Nationalism fuels my spirit and I hope that our boys finally turn the corner and pull a string of good results.

  • Mark - 2012-08-30 12:42

    Good Squad !!! Well done on Selecting Dean Furman and May Mahlangu, both have been playing well at club level at last a coach with common sense. Dino Ndlovu is another good selection. Well done on the selection.

  • KONVIKTSBUDA - 2012-08-30 12:43

    whers teko modise? seems there are too many surprises we gonna xperince on tha grand stands.gud luck bafana

  • goodman.nxumalo.1 - 2012-08-30 12:45

    Ally the best Gordy, I wish you all the best my coach. I know you are a winner, I know its going to be easy but hey who said it was going to be easy. Just go there and win for us.

  • zenzelewonderboy.mthethwa - 2012-08-30 12:46

    good squad ever thank Gordan, I wish all the best********smiling********

  • nhlapop - 2012-08-30 12:47

    Andile Jali, Teko Modise, Tlou Segolela, Sfiso Myeni. Why all this players not selected. Good luck Gordan wish you all the best against Brazil.

      petrus.m.ngcobo - 2012-08-30 13:03

      Myeni, Segolela....dude this is international football. not Vodacom leage.

  • thizwilondi.mofamadi - 2012-08-30 12:53

    @ Collinml I agree with you this is the best team that ,it will bring joy to the nation, it is only few things remaining that need to be done, like to take Khune and Joseph out and bring Senzo Moyiwa, and Rowen, and bring Jali and Kekana to balance this team.

  • upumba - 2012-08-30 12:54

    Everyone give the coach a chance to find his feet, and if any of you expect a win against Brazil in Sao Paulo then you are idiots! Rather judge hime against Chipolopolo

  • tshepang.mothibedi - 2012-08-30 13:09

    Dude, Where is Teko and jali

  • buwaz - 2012-08-30 13:16

    Nice one coach this wil show everyone dat no one owns a place on the national team jali, modise, manqele,rantjie,thami sangweni , sekgolela n hlompho kekana , fit morgan gould n mphela r not bad players their chance wil come n add valuable impact wit a point to prove n dat wil benefit our national team,let's support gordon

  • malungisa.samuel - 2012-08-30 13:36

    Im Chiefs fan but without jali in the middle park u are out cause yeye can't control he is not onform and Rantie and modise are not there when u loose is whereby u gonna call him 4 what there reason why players refuse to play 4 BB is because of chop chop whereas u are 100% im not pointing fingers but u cannot leave jali, modise, rantie out that is what i don't like with SA coach coaches sometimes are the ones who are killing the spirits of the players strue

  • nramohale - 2012-08-30 13:40

    i got a filin sandilands s 2 strt dis 1, sory 2 da spoil josephs

  • katleho.nakeli - 2012-08-30 13:45

    South African football fans are so negative!! The coach said he picked the best from "current form and NOT reputation". Let the man work! The reason why Pitso and others before him failed is because they kept picking guys who are comfortable with their current form and are not hungry enough to play and earn a spot! I think he's done well! I think everyone here who has commented negatively has forgotten what Gordon did with a average players at fact, lets not even mention Swallows! Manning Rangers won the league with a team full of nobody's. They beat chiefs, pirates, sundowns let the man live! All the best Gordon!

  • TheReal.EuanB - 2012-08-30 13:55

    #InIgusendWeTrust. dont know all of the players, bt i know this coach. and they r there for a reason. its obvious some individuals were questionably left out, but this is not an individual sport and #Igusend is all about building teams. i am looking forward to enjoying my bafana football again. hopefully we will see more goalmouth action. coz its no use just havent the possesion and u cnt use it.

  • ntate.tekela - 2012-08-30 13:57

    this is a disaster, what point are you trying to prove Gordon and to who? Teko Modise is in form, he is the best play maker in the country ryt now...... don't act surprised when we kick you out of the team before the end of this year......

      fdalana - 2012-08-30 15:22

      he can not just pick players who do not fit in his style of play.

      Mastermind - 2012-08-30 16:01

      Disaster? Its amazing, I think in my opinion that selecting Teko, Rantjie who is not Fit, Jali who is not discipline will be disaster.....Lets Support the Coach and the selected players who have been selected not by Names but Merit....Ntate you sound like those supporters who throw bottles and can when their teams loses, lets Give Gordon a chance and the players too.

      mrmogoswane - 2012-08-30 16:13

      Teko modise is a bad omen, tell me a team that has won something with him in it, the guy has hit a ceiling this form that u are talking about is the best he can be and he can't get any better than he is. best play-maker in SA yes but also Best underachiever in SA. I love the guy but the type of players on this Squad i don't see a place for him. Hade Navigator next time....

      ntate.tekela - 2012-08-31 09:08

      whoa, whoa.... cumon now guys you honestly want to tell me that parker deserves to be in the squad and manqele doesn't, reneilwe does and teko doesn't you say teko has reached the ceiling remind me of a time when reneilwe performed any better than what he is doing now. your coach said he selected based on current form not the past......... yes i said disaster, just you wait and see buddies.

  • tauraijustice.mapiye - 2012-08-30 14:34

    lets support man on the ball, the coach must prove with results thats all we want positive results despite who is playing

      Mastermind - 2012-08-30 16:03

      Taurai, I think the Players must prove with scoring goals and earn their opinion.

  • siyela.mkhabele - 2012-08-30 18:46

    Gordon has selected a well-balanced team and I wish him and team the best of luck. Let's restore the country's pride. Siyela Mnjiya. @ Makumeke Village kaMavambe

  • siyela.mkhabele - 2012-08-30 18:48

    Gordon has selected a well-balanced team. I wish him and the team the best of luck. From Siyela Mnjiya Makumeke ( Mavambe Village) Limpopo.

  • mahomedrafeek.goolam - 2012-08-30 20:40

    Gordon,the future of Bafana Bafana is in your hands now.Who you pick and who you leave out is your decision.All we ask for,is for you to take us forward as a soccer crazy nation and I know you can do it. It's your job that's on the line,so chose players that you need to make you job comfortable. Here's wishing you all the luck for the future.To me you were SAFA's only choice for our National Team Coach.Your record as a coach in the PSL speaks for itself.

  • sampson.mamphweli - 2012-08-31 16:55

    Ha, this team was selected based on performance but no Modise who has been the pillar of Sundowns.

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