Josephs cuts ties with Bafana?

2012-05-22 10:04

Johannesburg - Goalkeeper Moeneeb Josephs has withdrawn from the Bafana Bafana squad, citing personal reasons, and his future in the national team is uncertain.

Josephs was one of 30 players called up for national duty at a training camp in Phokeng, outside Rustenburg, this week.

"The goal minder said he will be not be able to honour this national team call-up or any in future due to personal reasons," the SA Football Association (SAFA) said in a statement on Tuesday.

SAFA said Josephs had requested a meeting with team management, including Bafana head coach Pitso Mosimane, to explain his reasons.

"Mosimane has asked the player to pen a letter himself to explain the situation before meeting him," SAFA said.

"The technical team is expected to make a decision on the way forward once they have received the letter from Josephs."

Striker Eleazar Rodgers was also in doubt for the camp, which started on Monday, after his club, Santos, requested he be released from duty for the National First Division playoffs as they look to retain their place in the Premiership next season.

Bafana Bafana face Ethiopia and Botswana in 2014 World Cup qualifiers next month before they take on Gabon in a friendly international.

Meanwhile, 19 players had reported for national duty by Tuesday morning, including overseas-based players Anele Ngcongca, Bongani Khumalo, Tsepo Masilela, Darren Keet and Thulani Serero.

Three more players were expected to arrive on Tuesday - captain Steven Pienaar, Eric Mathoho and Lehlohonolo Masalesa - while May Mahlangu was set to report for camp on Thursday.

Three players - Siyabonga Nomvethe (ankle and tight hamstring), Siyabonga Sangweni (ankle) and Oupa Manyisa (tight calf muscles) - were given a rest on Tuesday after arriving in camp with niggling injuries.

The six players from Mamelodi Sundowns and Supersport United - Teko Modise, Wayne Sandilands, Punch Masenamela, Lebohang Mokoena, Katlego Mphela and Morgan Gould - were scheduled to arrive on Sunday.

Sundowns and United square off in the Nedbank Cup final in Soweto on Saturday.


  • neo.khemisi - 2012-05-22 10:58

    Let me penned letter on his behalf\r\n\r\nDear SAFA\r\n I'm resign on national teams due to the fact I have always played second fiddle to mzansi no 1 (itumeleng khune) wile I'm winning trophies left right nd center\r\n\r\nHope u will find it in yur heart that I'm a winner (champion by defact) excuse my speLling as you um toothless so I'm writing tru gaps\r\n\r\nYour badly hurt\r\nMoneeb Josephs

      ntombiziyabusa.bhengu - 2012-05-22 11:10

      That would be a rubbish reason if it were true. Victor Valdes has played third fiddle to Ike Casillas and Pepe Reina, in the national team, even though Barcelona were winning everything on offer. Victor never complained because he knows that coaches make decisions and not silly sentiment. Being a Pirates fan, I am very disappointed but will wait to hear further explanation before I make up my mind.

      Xulu.Thulany.Xaba - 2012-05-22 11:30

      I'm a winner (champion by defact) excuse my speLling as you um toothless so I'm writing tru gaps\\r\\n\\r\\nYour badly hurt\\r\\nMoneeb Josephs..... Heee leeee reeee yassss!!!!*in tears*\r\n made my day

      Se-a Spencer Ikeremm - 2012-05-22 12:58

      Lol, pity I saw your comment late. I was just busy writing the same thing!

      Se-a Spencer Ikeremm - 2012-05-22 13:02

      And to Ntombi, you can't ever compare our players to anyone else in the world. These are the same SA players who have numerous times in the past shown little respect for a national call-up. And they look up2 stars like Ronaldinho, CR7, Messi, Rooney...all these players that know that the ultimate of a footballer or any athlete is to represent your country, don't even get me started with the Brazilians!

      Arthur - 2012-05-23 10:19

      eeesh though your spelling was bad becuse of apartheid

  • Promise Dube - 2012-05-22 12:13

    Re-think yo decision Slimkat.U dnt wnt to emulate Mulenga who failed to win an Afcon medal bcz of bng sent home.Wteva diff's u hv wt da tim let it b sorted amicably,Khune myt get injured

  • zama.mhlongo.14 - 2012-05-22 12:51

    I don't know what is it with these Cape Town born boys? First it was Quinton Fortune than came Benedict McCarthy, now Moeneeb Josephs. Josephs please don't do it, remember you are still playing here in SA. Fortune and McCarthy took the risk because they knew they were making Millions of Pounds in the UK(Pounds), what about you? Hundreds of Thousands in SA (Rand). Do it on your own peril, but don't come back at 30 sumthing and claim that you can still help Bafana. But its your life Boy, you can either build it or destroy it

      Arthur - 2012-05-23 10:12

      Do you mean whats wrong with these coloureds. Chief II dont blame him from taking time off I dont think you and me would understand what he might be going through.

  • Se-a Spencer Ikeremm - 2012-05-22 12:57

    Omfg! Bennie has successfully corrupted Slimkat! What personal matter could be so serious, even affecting FUTURE call-ups? Is he quitting Pirates too? I doubt. Could this possibly be an ego thing? I mean, him being over 30 and the number1 of the back2back PSL champions yet still being behind a much younger Khune in the national team?

  • Cyrus - 2012-05-22 13:21

    Dude, I respect your decision but why at such a young age (yes 32 for a goalie is still young,goalies can play longer than any other position).....Bafana still needs you

  • Corne - 2012-05-22 15:11

    I can't understand why they select players that sitting on the bench the whole season like Serero and Bongani Khumalo

      Lawrence - 2012-05-25 14:19

      He will field his dancers again: Khune,Tshabalala, Mpela, Modise.

  • georgebrightons - 2012-05-22 20:04

    Good move Josephs. It's time to give young goalkeepers a chance like the one in Supersport United, Wayne Sandilands and Meyiwa.

  • Jackie - 2012-05-22 21:02

    This guys is really stupid, he should just enjoy earning free salary by warming the bench. Beside clubs usually don't play when Bafana Bafana is playing. And if he thinks he is anywhere close to Khune standard, I would presume he is brainless

      Lawrence - 2012-05-25 14:22

      You Jackie sweetheart don't know football please concentrate on what you are good at lady, "Stairring at the ceiling" and your B job.

  • denzyl.ryklieff - 2012-05-22 22:56

    How can you be voted \Goalkeeper of the Year\ and not be the No1 keeper in Bafana team???

      Godfrey - 2012-05-23 07:25

      Honestly,I'm a Pirates supporter not a fan but Khune is the best goalkeeper in Mzansi followed buy Mamelodi Sundowns goalkeeper,he doesn't stand a chance to winning a number one Goalkeeper in Bafana Bafana,let him go die cos Khune is the best.

      Godfrey - 2012-05-23 07:35

      I'm a Pirates Supporter tot a fan,honestly Khune and Sandilands are the best Goalkeepers in South Africa,I don't see moeneeb josephs as a number one Goalkeeper for Bafana Bafana,I'm glad he made it simple for himself.let the bests compete

  • denzyl.ryklieff - 2012-05-22 22:57

    How can you be voted \Goalkeeper of the Year\ and not be the No1 keeper in Bafana team???

  • Lindela - 2012-05-23 12:19

    As much as i do not support his decision, it leaves me wondering what slimkat needs to do to earn the number 1 spot, i always thought a player is selected based on club peformance. Comparing an apple for an apple, moeneeb is far better than khune, reference to the past 2 seasons. On second thought, i am 100% behind you, to hell with this BBBEE.

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