Legend of the week: Teboho Mokoena

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Probably one of the less celebrated midfielders of his time Teboho Mokoena is a former South African footballer who played for a few local teams in the local league, but also played in Switzerland for FC St Gallen.

Mokoena was born on the 10th of July in 1974 in the township of Thokoza in Gauteng.

He started his professional career playing for Mpumalanga-based side Dangerous Darkies between 1996-98 before making a move to then National Soccer League side Jomo Cosmos. It is at Cosmos where the central defensive midfielder made a name for himself in the three seasons he spent with ‘Ezenkosi’ helping the club finish 4th in the league for two seasons running (1999/2000 and 2000/2001).

In the 2001-02 season the midfielder signed for Swiss Super League side FC St Gallen where he only played a single season before returning to Jomo Cosmos a season later.

In the national team Mokoena was one of the key players in the 2002 World Cup scoring in that memorable draw with Paraguay as Bafana Bafana came back from two goals down to draw 2-2.

The midfielder made a total of 27 appearances for the national team scoring 5 goals in total.

In club football the anchor continued to feature for Cosmos until 2004 guiding the Johannesburg based club to the 2002 Telkom Knockout trophy.

At the end of the 2003/04 season Mokoena joined Tshwane-based Mamelodi Sundowns playing a single season for the ‘Brazilians’ before once again reuniting with his mentor Jomo Sono at Cosmos the following season.

The former Bafana Bafana midfielder later joined Bidvest Wits in 2006 after the club gained promotion from the National First Division to the Premier Soccer League. Mokoena stayed two seasons with Wits before heading back to Mpumalanga where it all began to join Mpumalanga Black Aces, who had also just been promoted back to the Premier Soccer League – the club finished 15th that season and maintained their PSL status.

It is at Aces where Mokoena hanged up his boots after 13 years playing as a professional footballer.

Mokoena was a midfielder known for his hard tackling while also having an eye for a pass. In the early 2000s he also played in the World XI against Argentina alongside the likes of Macbeth Sibaya.

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By Prince Sobayeni 

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