Josephs recommits himself to Bafana Bafana


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Josephs stunned the football fraternity shortly before South Africa's 2014 World Cup qualifier against Ethiopia in June, when he announced his retirement from the national team set-up, citing family commitments.

At the time Benni McCarthy speculated that the reason was the inaccessible number-one jersey, saying: "You do everything possible to fight for the number-one spot, but you know yourself you are never going to get the number one, because it's fairly clear it's Itumeleng Khune."

But after meeting with Igesund, the 'Slimkat' says he had reconsidered his decision.

"I went to see Moeneeb Josephs regarding his Bafana Bafana future and to discuss his retirement from international football, which I thought was premature," Igesund says.

"I didn't go there to beg him to play for the national team, but to hear the reasons for his early retirement at the peak of his career.

"He opened up to me and told me the reasons for his decision. I believe the issues are personal and it would be unfair for me to discuss them publicly. Josephs feels he still has a lot to offer and would love to be considered for selection into the Bafana Bafana squad again.

"He also acknowledged that he has to work as hard as all the other players to earn a national team call-up as there are many good goalkeepers in the country. He assured me he would fight for his place in the squad," Igesund says.