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Moeneeb returns to Bafana squad

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.

Goalkeeper Moeneeb Josephs. Credit: Gallo Images

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

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