South Africa FA to meet Josephs over international retirement

The Buccaneers shot-stopper will speak to authorities in the country's FA with regards to his decision to stop playing for Bafana Bafana
The South African Football Association says Moeneeb Josephs has agreed to meet them to discuss his decision to quit international football

Josephs, 32, said on Wednesday that he feels it is the right time to step aside to focus solely on club football in order to prolong his career, as well as spend more time with his family.

Safa says they will engage the player "to get to the bottom of the matter", before commenting in the public domain.

"We still await an official correspondence from the player himself to us. We have also in the meantime requested a direct engagement with the player to get to the bottom of the matter and the player has graciously consented to this engagement," Safa stated.

"Unless and until we get direct corroboration from the player himself, we will not be in a position to issue any further statement regarding our position on the matter."

However, Safa did not mention when they will meet Josephs.

The statement issued by the Orlando Pirates goalkeeper contradicted what his teammate Benni McCarthy told the media 24 hours earlier.

McCarthy claims Josephs told him that he is not being given a fair opportunity to fight Itumeleng Khune for the Bafana Bafana number-one jersey.

"You do everything possible to fight for the number one spot, but you know yourself you are never going to get the number one, because it's fairly clear it's Itumeleng Khune.

"He's [Khune] a great goalkeeper who's worked hard and put himself there … [but] in this country there are a lot of great goalkeepers and you have to make it open for everyone to fight for the number one.

"It's clearly not like that, it's plain to see that the manager has his ideas of who is the number one, irrespective of other great goalkeepers around… I understand Moeneeb's issues and hopefully it will work out for the best and people won't hate him," McCarthy added, according to