Ex-Saint turns down South Africa

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South Africa have given up trying to convince former Saints midfielder Andrew Surman to be involved at next year’s Africa Cup of Nations.

Johannesburg-born Surman spent his formative years in South Africa, but has turned down Bafana Bafana again, as he did during his Saints days.

The Cup of Nations would make Surman unavailable to Norwich for at least a month, with the tournament kicking off on January 19.

Coach Gordon Igesund said: “I believe he didn’t show us the interest and passion we had expected to play for Bafana Bafana – we got the feeling that he is not ready to commit to us so we will not be pursuing that mission anymore.”

South Africa began a training camp yesterday ahead of Wednesday’s friendly with a Zambia side expected to include Saints striker Emmanuel Mayuka.

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12:15pm Tue 13 Nov 12

CB FRY LIVES says...

Yet another good footballer we let go.although he may have struggled at Wolves he seems to be doing ok at norwich.if he is not going to go to the African Nations cup lets hope next season he goes to the championship with norwich whilst Saints stay in the premiership.COYR
Yet another good footballer we let go.although he may have struggled at Wolves he seems to be doing ok at norwich.if he is not going to go to the African Nations cup lets hope next season he goes to the championship with norwich whilst Saints stay in the premiership.COYR CB FRY LIVES

10:16pm Tue 13 Nov 12

City Saint says...

What a fool. England won't be knocking any time soon, Surman.

What are you thinking, passing up international footie for Norwich?
What a fool. England won't be knocking any time soon, Surman. What are you thinking, passing up international footie for Norwich? City Saint

10:19pm Tue 13 Nov 12

City Saint says...

CB FRY LIVES wrote:
Yet another good footballer we let go.although he may have struggled at Wolves he seems to be doing ok at norwich.if he is not going to go to the African Nations cup lets hope next season he goes to the championship with norwich whilst Saints stay in the premiership.COYR
As I recall, he left unwillingly, and the money we got kept us alive to fight another day.
[quote][p][bold]CB FRY LIVES[/bold] wrote: Yet another good footballer we let go.although he may have struggled at Wolves he seems to be doing ok at norwich.if he is not going to go to the African Nations cup lets hope next season he goes to the championship with norwich whilst Saints stay in the premiership.COYR[/p][/quote]As I recall, he left unwillingly, and the money we got kept us alive to fight another day. City Saint

12:30am Wed 14 Nov 12

eastleigh-ian says...

very true he dident whant to leave but a saints could not afored his wages . and b the price he got helped to keep sints going till we were saved . dark days they were . Andrews alright in my book . a good pro .
very true he dident whant to leave but a saints could not afored his wages . and b the price he got helped to keep sints going till we were saved . dark days they were . Andrews alright in my book . a good pro . eastleigh-ian

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