'Moeneeb should be back in Bafana'

Kaizer Chiefs

‘Slimkat’ has been a Bafana regular since 2007, with 23 caps, but he has never managed to nail down the position.

Kaizer Chiefs captain Itumeleng Khune holds that distinction; since his debut in March 2008 he has been the preferred option for three national team coaches, Joel Santana, Pitso Mosimane and Gordon Igesund.

Josephs famously retired from international football in May 2012, before recommitting himself to the team in August, after a cup of coffee with new coach Igesund.

Since then he has featured once for Bafana, in a 2-0 friendly win against Mozambique that September.

Josephs then left Orlando Pirates under something of a cloud in July this year, after Roger de Sa took over the coaching reins and began preferring Senzo Meyiwa for the number one spot.

Read: De Sa: Nothing personal against Josephs

Moeneeb Josephs “shocked” to leave Pirates

Former Bafana number one Arendse, who collected 67 caps between 1999 and 2004, says South Africa is a strong goalkeeping country, making it difficult for top keepers to muscle into contention.

“It is one department that we have always been blessed with in this country; we have good keepers that are coming up at the moment,” Arendse tells Wits’ official website.

“It is always great to have a large pool at our disposal. Let us also not write off Moeneeb because my aim is to have him back in the Bafana Bafana set up.

“He is a highly experienced. He came from Orlando Pirates and joined us when he was not in a very good space because the last few months at Pirates were not good for him.

“The one thing that is good about him coming from a club like Pirates is his good match temperament because he is used to playing in front of huge crowds and that has helped with his game.”

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