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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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Kumkani_The_King Joined: 05 Feb 2014
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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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kc-inferno Jul 13, 2017 03:28 PM
Thanks for staying there.. just stay there
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Xj@mkeyz Jul 13, 2017 03:23 PM
I thank you for turning us down.you wouldn't have added value anyway
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Mfanakamdala Jul 13, 2017 03:06 PM
Plz dnt call him
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Xolisa{khosificated} Jul 13, 2017 03:03 PM
@MSG915 U ar telling the truth.
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MDANANA Jul 13, 2017 02:49 PM
Shame! boy
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Msholozi ll Jul 13, 2017 01:42 PM
Hahahahahahaha now you wanna consider coming back jst bcos you are a free aagent kikikikiki ask COWNAAR AKA STEVEN
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MSG915 Jul 13, 2017 01:33 PM
By reading these comments it shows how narrow the majority of South Africans are. You people do not want to see the next person succeed in anything . You gain pleasure in someone else drawbacks and failures. For you negativity is the only way of life that you know. Goodluck to you Andrew Surman. Come back home there are teams that could do with your experience especially if it is free of charge.
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Ngithwele maZondo OkubayiSandawana Joined: 05 Jul 2017
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Ngithwele maZondo OkubayiSandawana Jul 13, 2017 01:30 PM
Lol ironically you are playing with our minds cos now you're free you take your Country crc nah you're smoking something very strong man
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afrikaanse Jul 13, 2017 01:30 PM
Sean Dundee did the same thing hoping German woud call him
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thamsanqasolomon Jul 13, 2017 01:26 PM
Mxm vele uli donkey
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tmskhotha@gmail.com Jul 13, 2017 01:24 PM
I don't know him & bafana bafana is fine without him
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afrikaanse Joined: 15 Feb 2010
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afrikaanse Jul 13, 2017 01:21 PM
Thats is why i like Lars couse he really wanted to reprezant our country
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bush-cat Jul 13, 2017 01:18 PM
go to hell
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afrikaanse Joined: 15 Feb 2010
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afrikaanse Jul 13, 2017 01:18 PM
Focus on your young family and leave South Africa for South Africans please mr
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Deftman05 Jul 13, 2017 01:12 PM
Come back home, zebras are waiting for you, Mr free agent.
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SakiePetrus Jul 13, 2017 01:12 PM
Selfish, he thought england will call u him
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Magulezinyanga Jul 13, 2017 01:07 PM
Mxnm,now he wants to play for Bafana,mnxm,why now, what about his young family
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elohna16 Jul 13, 2017 01:04 PM
This guy is already out coz he's 30 years n team less, chances for him yo bafana are none
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elohna16 Jul 13, 2017 01:04 PM
This guy is already out coz he's 30 years n team less, chances for him yo bafana are none

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