Bafana Bafana midfielder Kamohelo Mokotjo got his first start in the colours of his new club FC Cincinnati in Major Soccer League (MSL) in the United States of America (USA) on Thursday morning as the club ended a four-game losing streak with a 2-1 home win against Columbus.
Mokotjo started in the middle of the park at the expense of midfielder Caleb Stanko who started on the bench, but after 75 minutes came on to replace the Free State-born midfielder whose presence brought a big difference for Cincinnati.
Before the Columbus game, the 29-year-old star had made three substitute appearances for Cincinnati coming off the bench against Toronto FC, Minnesota and Philadelphia.
Cincinnati lost all those three games.
Mokotjo opted for the MLS although he had offers from clubs across Europe especially in the English Championship where he had spent three seasons with London-based Brentford FC.
The midfielder made a total of 94 league appearances for Brentford scoring 5 league goals in the process for the ‘Bees’.
Bafana Bafana coach Molefi Ntseki will be pleased to hear that one of his most reliable midfielders is back playing again as South Africa prepares for a double header against Sao Tome e Principe in the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers set to be played next month.
The ‘General’ and a host of other national team senior players were left out of the squad for the October international break as the coach was looking at giving younger players an opportunity to raise their hands with Bafana Bafana starting a process of widening the pool of players and giving youngsters a chance.
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By Prince Sobayeni