Josephs puts Bafana first


African stars have taken the European Leagues by storm in the last couple of years and there will no doubt be countless agents and talent scouts looking to try and unearth the next Samuel Eto’o, Didier Drogba or Benni McCarthy in Ghana.

Some excellent displays by Josephs between the posts for Wits have seen him on occasion almost single-handedly earn points for the Clever Boys, enabling the team to move up to third position on the Absa Premiership table.

_quoteThis form has resulted in Josephs earning a recall to the national side ahead of Calvin Marlin, and indeed he captained the side to their 2007 Cosafa Cup triumph earlier this year.

Although he will start as second-choice behind Fernandez, an assured display in Ghana – should he get the chance – could result in a move to Europe, but ‘Slim Kat’ says that is not his priority.

”It’s an honour for me to be called to the national team,” he tells While playing at the Nations Cup could lead to an overseas move, that is not foremost in my mind – my priority is to represent my country to the best of my abilities and to help Bafana Bafana achieve success on the field.”

The 27-year-old believes that his move to Johannesburg from Ajax Cape Town at the end of the 2005/06 season has helped enhance his chances of call-ups to the national team.

”This is the best move I could have made career-wise. Wits showed a lot of ambition when they were promoted back to the PSL and the team is doing well at the moment.

”It always seems more difficult for Cape Town players to earn call-ups to the national team, so I thought that by moving up to Jo’burg I would increase by chances of playing for Bafana Bafana,” he says.

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