Josephs: Everyone just wants fame
Posted: 25 July 2018 Time: 14:00
New AmaZulu goalkeeper Moeneeb Josephs says the longevity of his career is down to his respect for the game, which he feels is sadly a rare commodity amongst the current generation.
The 38-year-old's passion for football is beyond question, as evidenced by his 474 starts for Cape Town Spurs‚ Ajax Cape Town‚ Orlando Pirates and Bidvest Wits since making his PSL debut in September 1997 against African Wanderers.
Josephs, who provided cover to Darren Keet at Wits in the previous two years, has enjoyed great success to go with his 20 Bafana Bafana caps, winning three league crowns, three MTN8 Cups, two Telkom Knockouts and the Nedbank Cup.
Josephs is mindful he owes a great deal to 'The Beautiful Game'.
"One thing I can tell you is that this game has been really good to me. It has taken us ... most footballers, it has taken us from communities and what this game has done for us is feed our families, showed us a better world," Josephs tells KickOff.com.
"So there's only one thing you can do, is to love this game and repay this game for what it has done for you.
"The problem is that these players think that this game is going to last forever; they think the game owes them something. You put them once in the newspaper and they think to themselves they have arrived.
"There's so much more to achieve in this game. We need to work in this game week in, week out. But the generation of today all they need to do is to be famous; because if you look everywhere in the world everybody wants to be famous.
"They forget about the things we need to do to put into this game and hopefully that will change. I'm just going to try and bring that here [at AmaZulu] to the youngsters and show them that, 'You know what, it's not about being famous, it's about playing for the badge on the front of the jersey, not the one at the back'."
Josephs has not been to shy to speak out when players are failing to honour the badge, as was the case last term when he questioned the hunger of his teammates in a post-match interview with SuperSport TV during a rough patch for Wits.