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EPL Player: Why I Snubbed Bafana Call-Up

Premier League Player: Why I Snubbed Bafana Bafana Call-Up

By Kurt Buckerfield - Jul 13, 2017 11:40 AM @KurtLaduma

A Premier League midfielder, who is eligible to represent Bafana Bafana, has revealed why he turned down his international call-up in 2012.

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Andrew Surman, who last played for Bournemouth in England, was born in Johannesburg in 1986 but moved to Southampton nine years later.

The midfielder, who has played for Southampton, Walsall, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Norwich City and Bournemouth since he moved abroad, was called up to Bafana in 2012 but turned down the opportunity.

Surman has now talked about why he chose not to play for South Africa at the time, saying that club football has always been a priority. 

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“I have never ruled out playing for South Africa but my priority has always been my club football. The past two or three years have been hugely important for me,” he told English publication the Daily Echo.

“If I had gone to play international football things might not have worked out the same way.

“I was really honoured to be called up and it certainly was not something I turned up my nose at. I really, seriously, considered it.

 

“But I have a young family and international football is a big commitment.”

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Surman is now a free agent after Bournemouth decided not to offer the 30-year-old a new contract.

Do you think Surman made a mistake by turning down Bafana in 2012? Let us know in the comments section below. 


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Mketule 1 Joined: 28 May 2017
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Mketule 1 Jul 13, 2017 11:03 PM
This Sturuturuman can join Zebras though. Freebie
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Mketule 1 Jul 13, 2017 11:00 PM
He never had any place in our bafana. Stay where you are.
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Bone-breaker Jul 13, 2017 09:50 PM
keep yr England nd let us keep our South Africa!
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Khosilafiks Jul 13, 2017 09:05 PM
Concentrate on ur club football then
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musa005 Jul 13, 2017 09:02 PM
Keep focusing on your young family especially since you a free agent, bafana is fine without you
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wangz39 Jul 13, 2017 08:45 PM
Yes he made a big mistake
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S@ Velley thabane Jul 13, 2017 08:41 PM
@surm ohohoh
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Zeeman10 Jul 13, 2017 08:41 PM
It's too late now, we dnt need u. Keep focusing on ur young family.
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S@ Velley thabane Jul 13, 2017 08:40 PM
@surm ohohoh
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Stanza_waka_Mugwena Jul 13, 2017 08:22 PM
Yes nd he will never get DAT opportunity again
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talentmchunu Jul 13, 2017 08:21 PM
I was very angry at him,cursed him,wanted every team he play for to suffer...and I hated Norwich City because of him.......it was inhumane,and I was wrong. He must live with that decision for snubbing South Africa!
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Legend 7 Jul 13, 2017 08:17 PM
We dnt need u anymore
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kzorog Jul 13, 2017 06:12 PM
Back off cow
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Seida101 Jul 13, 2017 05:41 PM
Good luck on your future endeavour, as for Banana Banana, forget we don't need you. Keep focusing on your young family because it is you only in the world who have a young family. By the way you can join local team not our national team.
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DECO-COENIX Jul 13, 2017 04:36 PM
Come back poi even thou you made stupid decisions before your still a good player.....woza bayakudinga e'khaya
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Khabele Jul 13, 2017 04:22 PM
his explaining now No need, it's too late Let him continue with club football!
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dicemdise Jul 13, 2017 04:05 PM
Too late to explain,he should continue focusing on club football
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Maserati112 and Adv Gerrie Nel Jul 13, 2017 03:54 PM
mxm cow playing 4 relagation teams
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tiva_ta_wena Jul 13, 2017 03:50 PM
Nowctha he's 30 n out of contract he's explaining, nah dude stay in England
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Kumkani_The_King Jul 13, 2017 03:44 PM
This is a guy who was seeking an English call up.Now he's trying to revise history because his club career is winding down.Surman had his chance and blew it,we don't need him now.

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