Moeneeb Josephs

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Moeneeb Josephs
Personal information
Full name Moeneeb Josephs[1]
Date of birth (1980-05-19) 19 May 1980 (age 36)
Place of birth Cape Town, South Africa
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Bidvest Wits
Number 16
Youth career
Westridge Rovers
Cape Town Spurs
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–1999 Cape Town Spurs 21 (0)
1999–2006 Ajax Cape Town 115 (0)
2006–2008 Wits University 55 (0)
2008–2013 Orlando Pirates 103 (0)
2013– Bidvest Wits 51 (0)
National team
2003–2012 South Africa 22 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22 June 2015.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22 May 2012

Moeneeb Josephs (pronounced Muh'Neeb), (born 19 May 1980) is a South African football (soccer) goalkeeper who plays for Bidvest Wits in the Premier Soccer League.

Josephs is a highly rated goalkeeper in South Africa. His ability to kick with both feet, play as a sweeper and distribute the ball comfortably are some of his traits.

Club career[edit]

He began his career with Cape Town Spurs at the age of 17 in 1997 and played for its successor Ajax Cape Town for seven years. In 2006 he moved to Gauteng where he played for Bidvest Wits for two years before moving to Orlando Pirates for a record-breaking fee.

International career[edit]

He has played at international level for South Africa and was South Africa's number one goalkeeper at the 2008 African Cup of Nations replacing the injured Rowen Fernandez.

He did not make the final squad for the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup, but earned selection to the squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup at Fernandez's expense. He was not expected to see much playing time as back-up to Itumeleng Khune, but on 16 June 2010 he was called on as a 79th-minute substitute for Steven Pienaar following Khune's sending-off against Uruguay. Josephs was powerless to stop the resultant penalty from Diego Forlán as Bafana Bafana lost the match 3–0 with two goals from Forlan and a third, stoppage-time, strike from Alvaro Pereira.[2] Khune's suspension meant that Josephs played in South Africa's final group game against France, where they won 2–1 but were eliminated from the World Cup.

On 24 May 2012, he announced his retirement from international football.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Josephs hails from Mitchell's Plain on the Cape Flats


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