Why Josephs quit Bafana
ORLANDO Pirates first-choice goalkeeper Moeneeb Josephs yesterday broke his silence to confirm his retirement from international football.
However, Josephs said his reasons for quitting - passed on by Orlando Pirates teammate Benni McCarthy - had been "misinterpreted".
McCarthy said frustration at being overlooked as the first-choice keeper by Bafana coach Pitso Mosimane had led to Josephs's decision.
"I have no issues with anybody within the Bafana camp, from players to technical staff," said Josephs in a statement yesterday. "This is a personal decision."
Josephs, 32, has been part of the Bafana squad for the past nine years and played 22 times for the national team.
"On each of these occasions I have been proud and honoured to represent our rainbow nation," he said. "It is with a heavy heart and after careful consideration and discussion with my family and manager that I have elected to retire from international football with immediate effect."
Josephs said the retirement would also allow him more time with his family.
"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," the goalkeeper said.
"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 and 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."
McCarthy and Pirates caretaker coach Augusto Palacios said they respected the decision of Josephs to quit international soccer.
"Moeneeb is our teammate, we support him," said McCarthy.
Sowetan has learnt that Josephs is scheduled to meet Pirates chairman Irvin Khoza to discuss the matter.
Mosimane has asked Josephs to explain his reason for quitting in writing before the two could meet to discuss his retirement.