Igesund heads to England for talks with Pienaar and Surman

Bafana Bafana boss is hopeful the players will make themselves available for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations

Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund will be leaving for England on Monday night after naming his squad for the international friendly with Zambia to be played on November 14.

Igesund will be making a brief trip to the country to try and persuade Steven Pienaar out of retirement, and Andrew Surman to change his mind about playing for the national side.

The coach will not be taking the opportunity to speak to any other players in Europe though and feels confident that those he has spoken to so far are the right ones to lead South Africa at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.

“I have been tracking a lot of players in Europe, I know them all and I know how they are doing at their clubs,” Igesund said. “I feel like I have a good grasp of what they could potentially bring to the team and all I can say is that I am looking at all players.”

Igesund would not be pressed on whether Ayanda Patosi would be part of his squad announced on Monday, but Times Media understands that the attacking midfielder, who turned 20 this week, will get a look in.

Patosi celebrated his birthday and the opening of talks for a new contract with Lokeren by scoring two crucial goals in five days.

After netting what turned out to be the winner in a 3-2 success against Club Brugge last Saturday, he was on the scoresheet again in the 2-0 win over Waasland-Beveren.

He has been Lokeren’s player of the season so far by some distance and has now taken his goals tally to four in 13 starts for the team.

Were he to be drafted into Igesund’s squad, his versatility means he could be used on either wing or even behind the strikers in the role vacated by Thulani Serero after his injury at Ajax Amsterdam earlier in the season.