Bafana Bafana midfielder Kamohelo Mokotjo got yet another start for American Major League Soccer side FC Cincinnati as their bad run in the league continued on Thursday with yet another defeat, this time at home against Sporting Kansas City.
The 29-year-old played 80 minutes before being substituted for Brandon Vazquez as Cincinnati lost 1-0 at home. Since joining Cincinnati from English Premier League side Brentford, Mokotjo’s time with the club has not been really joyful with his club sitting at the bottom of the table with only 16 points from the 21 games played.
In fact, in the last 8 games Cincinnati have lost 7 times and won just a single game.
Considering the fact that Cincinnati finished the 2019/20 season in almost the same position, it must be disappointing for their followers that they have not improved.
From the 21 games played so far this season they have only won 4 games, drawing another 4 while losing 13 matches so far.
Mokotjo chose to join Cincinnati although he had a host of clubs from the English Championship and some in Spain showing interest in his services. The decision was mainly motivated by the fact that he will be reuniting with his former PEC Zwolle coach Jaap Stam whom he won the Dutch Cup with during his days in the Netherlands.
The regular (MLS) season has 34 games being played and Cincinnati has 13 games left to salvage themselves from finishing at the bottom of the league as they are just 3 points behind Atlanta United and five points behind DC United who sit 12th with 21 points. Philadelphia leads the pack sitting pretty at the top with 44 points from the 21 games followed closely followed by Toronto with 41 points.
FC Cincinnati will have an opportunity to close the gap between themselves and 13th placed Atlanta United next Monday with the bottom two facing each other in a game that is likely to decide who will be rooted at the bottom of the table by the end of the season.
It’s a bitter-sweet moment for Mokotjo who will be pleased with getting the much-needed game time, but will not be pleased with the results the club is getting.
He has also recently made his return to the South African national team with Bafana Bafana coach Molefi Ntseki recalling him to the squad for the AFCON qualification double header against Sao Tome next month.
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