With the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations only two months away, hosts South Africa’s chances of winning the tournament could be set for a huge boost after their coach revealed he intends to contact Norwich midfielder Andrew Surman on his availability for the side.
Current head coach Gordon Igesund, in the hope of tempting the former England U-21 star to the Bafana Bafana this January, has contacted Surman, who was born in South Africa before moving to the UK as a child.
The 26-year-old had previously declined to play for the nation of his birth after rejecting approaches from Igesund’s predecessors, Carlos Alberto Parreira and Pitso Mosimane.
However, Igesund told BBC Sport that a change of heart might just be on the cards, with his side favourites in the sports betting to lift the trophy on home soil.
“I want to see what his situation is now because I think he would add a lot of value to our team,”
“We have the Nations Cup on home soil coming up so it would be a great opportunity for him. We’ll have a chat and see want his intentions are."
Indeed, the chance to play at the Africa Cup of Nations might just be too tempting for a player who has previously harboured hopes of an England call-up one day.
International tournaments are a different world to club football and Surman will likely consider his options, especially with a void to fill after the international retirement of Steven Pienaar.
He is unlikely to be missed in the Norwich set-up after playing just five soccer games this season and, although Carrow Road may see more of him over the busy Christmas period, the chance of playing at a huge tournament like the Cup of Nations is surely too good to let go.