A statement released by Moeneeb Josephs, below, details his reasons for leaving Bafana Bafana:
I have been fortunate to be a part of the South African national football team for the past nine years. I have represented South Africa on 22 occasions. On each of these occasions I have been proud and honoured to represent our Rainbow Nation.
It is with a heavy heart, and after careful consideration and discussion with both my family and manager, that I have elected to retire from international football with immediate effect.
At the age of 32, keeping in mind the injuries that I have sustained, together with my desire to prolong my career, and considering the fantastic young goalkeepers in our country, I believe that it is the correct time to “step aside”.
In addition, I have spent very little time with my family in recent years, and I believe this decision will give me the opportunity to do so.
I would like to thank Safa and all the managerial coaching staff for the honour and privilege they have afforded me by representing our national soccer team.
I wish Pitso and the boys all the very best in their upcoming qualifiers!