Josephs speaks out on Bafana

2012-05-23 14:15

Johannesburg - Orlando Pirates goalkeeper Moeneeb Josephs has spoken out detailing reasons for his decision to retire from international football ahead of the 2014 World Cup qualifers against Ethiopia and Botswana next month, according to a report on SuperSport's website.

Josephs dropped a bombshell on Tuesday as he announced he was withdrawing from the squad that is currently in camp in Rustenburg. He did not give reasons at that stage but mounting speculation forced the player to come out.

Below is an unedited statement as sent from the player:

"I have been fortunate to be a part of the South African national football team for the past nine years. I have represented South Africa on 22 occasions. On each of these occasions I have been proud and honoured to represent our Rainbow Nation.

"It is with a heavy heart, and after careful consideration and discussion with both my family and manager, that I have elected to retire from international football with immediate effect.

"At the age of 32, keeping in mind the injuries that I have sustained, together with my desire to prolong my career, and considering the fantastic young goalkeepers in our country, I believe that it is the correct time to 'step aside'. In addition, I have spent very little time with my family in recent years, and I believe this decision will give me the opportunity to do so.

"I would like to thank SAFA and all the managerial coaching staff for the honour and privilege they have afforded me by representing our national soccer team.

"I wish Pitso and the boys all the very best in their upcoming qualifiers!"


  • michael.ntshabele - 2012-05-23 14:31

    Oh no Benni, what have you done to Moneeb? Contagious, neh!

  • Cosmas - 2012-05-23 14:34

    we respect your decision, in any case there is jus no incentive to play for bafana except that the strikers will dance wen they score as if they have won the tornament

      Freddie - 2012-05-23 16:21

      They dance even when they don't score, a no score game is celebrated as though it is a victory.

  • dhirshan.gobind - 2012-05-23 14:41

    khune's behavior with that time wasting fiasco was shambolic. he should have been suspended and slimkat take his aplce. khune is not that good anyway, bafana keep conceding a ton of goals and the team ends up losing every time.

      Loyiso - 2012-05-23 15:12

      U obviously never watch soccer!

  • Molefi - 2012-05-23 14:43

    Good for you, Moeneeb. You are clearly the best keeper in SA, but you are made to play second fiddle to Khune, even though he has clearly lost form. Forget those losers at SAFA, and focus on your club career.

      victor.freeman.39 - 2012-05-23 14:54

      And what exactly is this statement based on? Do you have the facts?

      Kevin - 2012-05-23 17:13

      Oh Victor.. what evidence do you need. Your president said in Parliament that Bafana never qualify, but that they always play. Need any more proof?

      Ayanda - 2012-05-23 17:15

      Big up MOLEFI

  • Craig - 2012-05-23 14:45

    so who's story is correct Benni's version or Moeneeb's.

  • nkadimeng - 2012-05-23 14:56

    Got too much respect for you Moeneeb

  • Mlamli - 2012-05-23 14:57

    Benni, Quinton Fortune, Nassief Morris and now Josephs. What is common about these players besides turning their backs on BB?

      Loyiso - 2012-05-23 15:09

      They're from the Cape Flats!

      Kevin - 2012-05-23 17:14

      Be specific. They are coloured. No place for the best players in the team.

      adrian.hartman.3 - 2012-05-23 17:30

      they are all coloured and from the cape flats

      Arthur - 2012-05-24 11:31

      what does Jabu,Gift ,Steve, legs of thunder,old john have incommon.

  • ndyeboreginaldmazawule - 2012-05-23 15:12

    Bloody coward can't even say he's fed up of being 2nd choice national goalie and the money SAFA gave him for warming the bench. Does that mean Benni lied about wht he said about you Slimkaat?

      Mark - 2012-05-23 15:24

      you're obviously a hooligan. Let me tell you something, in the real world, people do not just lash out at their employers but give a very good reason for stepping down.

      ndyeboreginaldmazawule - 2012-05-23 15:48

      Mark u go read what Benni said about ths coward Josephs.

      lephuthing.peter - 2012-05-23 16:44

      Benni is doing what he is good @: dividing the national team. No so long, pirates will be divided...

  • neo.khemisi - 2012-05-23 15:18

    I don't buy even if you can pay me to bliv that ma se kind ek sal nie se jou when mcfatty is involved niks eks just tell us what we want to hear that u can't be no2 always I can have arrested for sabotage bafana bafana every player get injured nd get back to play nd they have families too

  • Mark - 2012-05-23 15:26

    Good on you Moneeb. We all know that there are other talented goalies in mzansi. you can spend more time helping the team and supporting your wyfie. Why this guy was second best, i don't know

      Godfrey - 2012-05-23 16:42

      Bafana's coach is pap,strikers are pap,jersey look pap,goalkeeper is pap,everything is pap on Bafana Bafana,don't bother moeneeb cos u are the best @ orlando pirates.

  • Paul - 2012-05-23 15:26

    its fine.dont need more drama queens.

  • aldrich.fritz - 2012-05-23 15:39

    Well, Bafana's coach is not the best in the country, the keeper is not the best in the country, their strikers are not the best in the country.....even the jersey looks second rate. Why bother Moneeb, why bother?

  • Ziggamann - 2012-05-23 15:46

    to loyiso jou ma se

      Nyiko Ntsakelo - 2012-05-23 16:28

      u r afraid of competition

  • Anele - 2012-05-23 16:50

    When khune lost form you were at same level now he regain his form he is totaly above you boet,now thanks for nothing,I hope senzo meyiwa wll quit pirates too

      aphiwe.ngxoni - 2012-05-23 19:57

      wat did khune do for natonal team?\r\nhe is just a favourate that trainer-pitso...bcz we dont have coach and we will not goin to qualify if we have someone like him......and khune will pretend injuries until we disualified....

      jerry.maroka - 2012-05-23 21:03

      Bafanabafana is not for the quelity players.even got no quelity couch,this is joseph s reson

  • Ayanda - 2012-05-23 17:26

    I fully support ur decision moeneeb,ignore critics

  • - 2012-05-23 17:50

    Goodbye Slimkat it was a pleasure watching you playing for bafana

      sihle.zondie - 2012-05-24 11:37

      more like bench for bafana.dude needs to get all them splinters out his

  • jacky.ngoveni - 2012-05-23 22:29

    Our national team is a joke anyway, I would quit aswell,,

  • sihle.zondie - 2012-05-24 11:34

    He is not getting any game time in the national team,he's 32 years old,his perfomances for pirates are inconsistent.ja i think he should retire and give someone else a chance

  • ndaba.msweli - 2012-05-24 12:13

    Ok Mooneeb. Go well. These things happen. It happens in Spain as well. Look at Victor Valdes. He won numerous league titles, champions league and the World Club championships with Barcelona, but Ike Cassillas is still Spanish No.1 Keeper. Yes, Pirates might be doing well but Mooneeb isn't the best-keeper we can cry for. Happy Retirement.

  • monty.moloko - 2012-05-24 12:41

    This is the best decision for moneeb , even myself i would do the same . field the player accordinfg to the perfomance cos at the stage moneeb is outstanding but still sit on the bench. we have the likes of shuiab walters and wayne sandilands that can replace khune but our caoch still focus on history . no Pitso u not taking this team anywhere u select the benchwarmers from europe and bring them home to field them no man this is wrong we have a lot of good quality players here but still u dnt select them.......Moneeb wat u did is right they only play u in the friendly games and not official games ......... MONTY

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