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Former Bafana Bafana Captain un-happy with SA players that return home early

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Bafana Bafana legend Aaron Mokoena shared his dissatisfaction on the trend of South African players who return back to DSTV early than un-expected

This trend is not new as we have seen players such as Kamohelo Mokotjo, Keagan Dolly, Bongani Zungu and Tashreeq Matthews returning home early. Kodisang who was unveiled by Mamelodi Sundowns early this week on Tuesday returned back to South Africa after spending seven-years playing professional in Europe with a Portuguese club Braga SC and Moreirense FC.

The other player who also returned back home, was the former TS Galaxy midfielder Teto who has since joined the Chili-boys Chippa United after a short stint with Scottish Premiership club Livingston. Mokoena who expressed his mixed emotions, he also suggested that a loan move to another European club would have been more beneficial for a young star Teto.

Mokoena said ” Coming back home like for instance, we had this boy from Chippa who had just signed with Chippa right now Teto-one of the best! you know, I spoke to his manager in Scotland he admired the boy and he wanted to sign the boy. I know the problem was that he needed to have national team caps to be able to sign the contract, that’s how it is unfortunately in (British) football if you like.

” So he couldn’t because of a lack of playing for Bafana Bafana. But I could’ve loaned him somewhere in Europe. Yes I know coming back, he is going to play for one of the big clubs in the PSL which is Chippa but loan him somewhere.

” But coming back home at the age of 24. Twenty one? It absolutely makes me think. But then again it’s the people that are surrounding these players and advising these players. But I always say people who are surrounding these players are working for these players and the decision comes from these players,”

Mokoena also suggested that some of the players that returned home are seeking an opportunity to represent the nation and he also suggested that Bafana coach is well informed about players competing abroad

Mokoena said ” With that I honestly don’t think it’s a valid reason because, Hugo Broos, he has absolutely contact. We know what’s happening out there, we know the players playing abroad, we know the players playing week in and week out.

” When you play in a big league in Europe and come to play for Bafana Bafana it sorts of an intimidation to other countries if you you know what I mean and that helps, it actually helps.”

Mokoena believes that players who are playing abroad can put the fight and keep on pushing themselves for game time in their respect clubs and he hopes they can stay abroad for longer period as that can be more beneficial to the National Team.


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