Mokoena says youth need to know the importance of working on their talent


Former Bafana Bafana and Portsmouth captain Aaron Mokoena says the youth need to know the importance of working hard and sharpen their talent to make their dreams a reality.

“I wish to tell the youth how important it is to work on your talent,” said Mokoena, who spent seven years in the English Premier League (EPL) playing over 120 matches League matches, featuring in 21 FA Cup, 15 EFL Cup – Carabao and eight Uefa Cup encounters.

Mokoena retired from football at the age of 33 in 2016 but he is still very much involved in the game as he established an academy, the Aaron Mokoena Sport Academy which he hopes will give youngsters an opportunity to play overseas using the contacts he has created in England, Belgium, Germany and Netherlands.

“Don’t let it go to waste, believe in yourself and make the dream a reality,” Mokoena’s message to the youth.

Mokoena was affectionately known as ‘Mbazo’ during his playing days as he was a no-nonsense defender, and currently holds a UEFA C coaching License.

“It has been an amazing journey to everything, this life. [Picture above]. It was the Carling Cup Second Round on the 01/09/2009. Portsmouth vs Hereford United. Moments, money can’t buy.” – Mokoena.
“The years go by. The time, it does fly. Every single second is a moment in time that passes. And it seems like nothing but when you’re looking back, well it amounts to everything,” added Mokoena.


Mokoena is one the only player to feature in over 100 games for Bafana Bafana and he is also only one if two South Africans to captain a Premier League club, the other player is Lucas Radebe, Leeds United.

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