Johannesburg – Goalkeeper Moeneeb Josephs has been recalled to the Bafana Bafana squad, withdrawing his retirement from international football.

New Bafana coach Gordon Igesund named his first full squad on Thursday – a group of 25 players – for friendly matches against Brazil in Sao Paulo next week and Mozambique in Nelspruit the following week.

Igesund said he did not beg for Josephs to make himself available after the second-choice shot stopper called an end to his international career in May.

“He said he would like to compete for a place in the national team, and I'm very happy about that,” Igesund said.

“Moeneeb has since written a letter to Safa withdrawing his retirement.

“I never asked him to come back, I just wanted to know why he retired.”

Igesund also confirmed that Everton midfielder Steven Pienaar had been retained as Bafana captain.

SQUAD

Goalkeepers: Wayne Sandilands, Moeneeb Josephs, Itumeleng Khune.

Defenders: Siyabonga Sangweni, Bevan Fransman, Bongani Khumalo, Eric Mathoho, Anele Ngcongca, Punch Masenamela, Kamohelo Mokotjo, Kgosietsile Ntlhe.

Midfielders: Steven Pienaar (captain), Reneilwe Letsholonyane, Siphiwe Tshabalala, Bernard Parker, Thulani Serero, May Mahlangu, Katlego Mashego, Thabo Matlaba, Dean Furman, Kagisho Dikgacoi, Lerato Chabangu.

Strikers: Siyabonga Nomvethe, Dino Ndlovu, Thamsanqa Gabuza. – Sapa