Moneeb Josephs Snub down Bafana Bafana call up

Orlando Pirates goalkeeper Moeneeb has requested that he be withdrawn from the Bafana Bafana squad that is currently in camp in Phokeng near Rustenburg.

Josephs is one of the 30 players called up for national duty, but in a letter written to team management and the technical team through his representatives, the goal minder said he will be not be able to honour any this national team call up or any in future due to personal reasons. In the letter he requests to have a meeting with head coach Pitso Mosimane and the team manager to explain his reasons.

Mosimane has asked the player to pen a letter himself to explain the situation, before meeting him. The technical team is expected to make a decision on the way forward once they have received the letter from Josephs.

Another player whose arrival is in camp is in doubt is striker Eleazar Rodgers. His team Santos has requested that the player be excused from the national team as the Cape side is involved in the National First Division play-offs, and they would like to use him.

The play-offs are scheduled as follows:
•    23 May 2012        Thanda v Santos
•    27 May 2012        Chippa v Thanda
•    30 May 2012        Santos v Chippa
•    17 June 2012        Santos v Thanda
•    20 June 2012        Thanda v Chippa
•    23 June 2012        Chippa v Santos

Rodgers is part of the squad announced by Mosimane to play three back to back matches in June – two 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers and an international friendly fixture.

Bafana Bafana will face Ethiopia and Botswana in the qualifiers on Sunday, 3 June at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace in Phokeng near Rustenburg and Saturday, 9 June 2012 in Botswana respectively. Kickoff for both matches is 15h00.

In the third match South Africa will face Gabon on Friday, 15 June in Gauteng at a venue still to be determined.

Meanwhile nineteen players have reported for national team duty and are already at the Royal Marang Sports Complex in Phokeng.

Five overseas-based players already in camp are defenders Anele Ngcongca, Bongani Khumalo and Tsepo Masilela, goalkeeper Darren Keet and midfielder Thulani Serero.

Also checking in on the first day was the Kaizer Chiefs quartet of Siphiwe Tshabalala, Siboniso Gaxa, Reneilwe Letsholonyane and Itumeleng Khune; the Orlando Pirates quartet of Siyabonga Sangweni, Oupa Manyisa, Tokelo Rantie and Andile Jali; Moroka Swallows duo of Siyabonga Nomvethe and Luvhengo Mungomeni; Amazulu’s Thamsanqa Sangweni as well as Thanduyise Khuboni and Mzikayise Mashaba from Lamontville Golden Arrows and Free State Stars respectively.

Three more players are expected later today (Tuesday, 22 May) – captain Steven Pienaar, Eric Mathoho and Lehlohonolo Masalesa, while May Mahlangu will only report for camp on Thursday, 25 May.
Three players have been given a rest after reporting for camp with niggling injuries.

Nomvethe (ankle and tight hamstring), Siyabonga Sangweni (ankle) and Manyisa (tight calf muscles) will all miss the first day of training (Tuesday, 22 May 2012) as they go under medical observation.

The six players from Mamelodi Sundowns and Supersport United – Teko Modise, Wayne Sandilands, Punch Masenamela, Lebohang Mokoena, Katlego Mphela and Morgan Gould – are scheduled to arrive on Sunday, 27 May, a day after their Nedbank Cup final clash at the Orlando Stadium in Soweto.

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