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Shoes Not Needed In Tunisia - Marks 03/10/03
South African soccer legend Marks Go-Man-Go Maponyane believes John Shoes Moshoeu should not be included in the Bafana Bafana squad for the finals of the African Cup of Nations next year as it is short-sighted to select a player of his age.

Moshoeu was on Wednesday included in both Bafana Bafana squads to take on Lesotho and Costa Rica in friendly internationals next week.

This comes after the 37-year-old veteran was omitted from national coach Shakes Mashabas provisional 40-man squad for the Cup of Nations announced in August.

Speaking to a leading local soccer magazine, Maponyane, a former Orlando Pirates, Kaizer Chiefs and Bafana striker, says Moshoeu should only be selected at national level for games such as the recent Cosafa Cup clash with Zimbabwe where a positive result is needed to boost the confidence of the team.

Shoes deserved a call-up in a game of that magnitude, Maponyane is quoted as saying in the latest edition of Soccer Laduma Full Time magazine.

What I am trying to say is that any short-term plan, Shoes should be part of. But when we are talking long-term plans like the World Cup or the African Cup of Nations, I dont believe he can be part of that.

We want short-term results to boost our confidence for our long-term goals.

Moshoeu, who has 63 Bafana Bafana caps to his credit but has not pulled on a national jersey since the clash with Egypt in November 2001, has been in red-hot form for local glamour club Kaizer Chiefs this season since returning to South Africa after a ten-year spell in Turkey.

In six matches for the Amakhosi the creative midfielder has bagged as many goals, prompting vociferous calls for Mashaba to include him in his squad for the continental showpiece in Tunisia early next year.

Maponyane does concede that Moshoeu has valuable experience to share with the younger generation of South African soccer stars.

I think that Shoes brilliant performances simply stem from the fact that he comes from the old school.

Im talking about that old school mentality of going out there to enjoy yourself, to be consistent, to behave like a professional and live like a professional.

However if Moshoeu continues to mesmerise PSL opponents with his creativity, silky ball skills and eye for goal it is going to be hard for Mashaba to prevent the former Besiktas and Fenerbache maestro from gracing the fields of Tunisia in three months time.

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