Surman says no to S.Africa in Nations Cup

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Surman says no to S.Africa in Nations Cup
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South African-born Norwich midfielder Andrew Surman, pictured in action in February 2012, is not interested …

South African-born Norwich midfielder Andrew Surman is not interested in playing for his native country's Bafana Bafana (The Boys) in next year's Africa Cup of Nations, the national coach 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," coach Gordon Igesund said after a trip to Britain to liaise with clubs.

Surman, 26, in September declined a call-up to the South African squad to spend time with his club and family.

During their recent trip Igesund and assistant coach Serame Letsoaka secured the release of midfielders Dean Furman (Oldham Athletic) and Kagisho Dikgacoi (Crystal Palace) for the duration of the continental tournament, which takes place in South Africa from January 19 to February 10.

"Dikgacoi will miss two matches during that period they are joining us early, but somewhere down the line we will return the favour to the club by not calling both players for one or two matches," said Igesund.

"One week in camp early is brilliant for the team. We hope the entire squad to be in camp by 1 January as opposed to the 6th."

The national team starts a training camp on Sunday ahead of a friendly Wednesday against Nations Cup champions Zambia.

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