The South African National football team manager Gordon Igesund has said that he will not be trying to persuade the Norwich city defender Andrew Surman anymore after the 26-year-old apparently rejected the opportunity to play for the Bafana Bafana.

Recently Gordon Igesund met with the Norwich city defender Andrew Surman in order to speak about the possibility of playing for the South African national team. Even at the 26 years of age, Surman is yet to make his debut for an international team. He is eligible to play for both South Africa and England, but is thought to be keen on representing England.

Hence, Igesund has said that he thought that the meeting with the player was pointless after just 5 min because he was not showing enough passion. Surman was born in the South African capital Johannesburg 26 years ago, but he has very little ties with the African nations according to the manager. Hence, it would have been a massive favour from the player if he decided to play for South Africa, and Igesund is in no need of favours right now. Igesund has failed to criticise the player for not showing enough interest in playing for the South African national team.

“I am not disappointed at all. I think it was my duty to go and see Surman and after five or six minutes I realised that I was wasting my time. I do not think that he showed enough passion for me to even consider him. He has got no ties to South Africa and I think if I had tried to convince him, he would have thought he was doing us a favour. And I do not need favours from any players,” said Igesund regarding the future of Andrew Surman. South Africa will play against Zambia in a friendly match.