London to honour Bafana star

2010-10-25 14:38

Johannesburg - Bafana Bafana captain Aaron "Mbazo" Mokoena has been singled out by Kaizer Motaung for being one of the greatest South African soccer exports, according to a report on the Sowetan website.

Mokoena will have the Freedom of London bestowed on him by The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, on November 10.

"I would like to join my fellow South Africans in congratulating Aaron Mokoena for being honoured with the Freedom of London," said Motaung.

"I believe it is a good thing to follow the successes of the likes of Dr. Steve 'Kalamazoo' Mokone, a legend that represented the apartheid-oppressed talent of South African football abroad.

"We must also not forget the towering Lucas Radebe who carved a name for himself in the City of Leeds when he played there.

"There have been a lot of South African exports to other countries and one can only marvel at how they set up new arrivals to fly our country's flag.

"Aaron Mokoena's achievement has therefore crowned a successful career in the tough English football fraternity and is worthy of receiving our fullest respect.

"I just hope other youngsters will emulate such heroic feats that demonstrate the quality of our exports that have raised the standard of our football abroad."

Mokoena said: 'I'm humbled by the support from Ntate Motaung and the rest of South Africans.

"The feedback has been overwhelming."

The Mayor of London says he is impressed by the job done by Mokoena through his foundation, which is helping to improve the lives of ordinary people in South Africa and England.


  • Thabiso - 2010-10-25 14:49

    Job well done Mr Mokoena!

  • Syd - 2010-10-25 14:52

    Well done Mbazo!!!!! as for your football in the field of play............. sorry mate. For Kaizer to mention you alongside such great SA players, he was being generous

  • Thys - 2010-10-25 14:59

    Well done, congrats!

  • Soccer - 2010-10-25 15:14

    Pienaar far more deserving.

  • Esau Simelane - 2010-10-25 15:29

    I wish South Africans could celebrate the event on10th nov.210 as the day will mark a difference not only in terms of enhancing our self-esteem but also in terms of recogninizing him as a person and our country as a whole. Recognition is more powerful than money,salary or wage. Good luck Aaron!

  • mystery - 2010-10-25 15:48

    pienaar far more deserving what wena Soccer? seems like you dont get what the honour is about.

  • Anti-Soccer - 2010-10-25 15:49

    @Soccer. You idiot! Read the very last paragraph of the report and still make the foolish comparison you are making.

  • lebogang - 2010-10-25 15:53

    Well done mosimane, o senganga my laatie! Just don't let the detractors and chronic destructive critics to get you down. O senatla ntwana - ke lame leo, autlwa!!!!!

  • Ron - 2010-10-25 15:58

    As a soccer player he is just average. How an earth Kaizer Motuang rates him as one of the greatest exports is mind boggling.Eighty percent of the population have never heard of him.

  • TSHOLOFELO - 2010-10-25 16:19

    congratulations not any player can reach those takes discipline and dedication.

  • South African - 2010-10-25 16:21

    I miss those times during apartheit when South Aficans used to be united as one (mainly blacks) when we used to be proud of an achievement of one of our own as if its your own. Aaron Mokoena is being honoured for his work outside football is that not enough for us to congragulate him, no instead we drag issues about his football performance into this. Is it not amazing how the outside world can recognise the good Aaron is doing yet we (South Africans) see how bad a footballer he is? several coaches opted for Mokoena as a captain that tells you there must be something good about him (as a leader) as a supporter I'll continue to support Mokoena for atleast I know where his heart is. THATS THE BEST I CAN DO AS A SUPPORTER!

  • peter lynch - 2010-10-25 16:27

    I was livid when you "koetsed" for that ball from Forlan!!! But as much as i wanted your head for some awful soccer you played at times, i also have to be man enough and tip my hat when it is due!!! Very few inside England and even less outside of it, can claim the honour which you have obtained. Nice one sir. God Bless!!!

  • Ngwato - 2010-10-25 16:45

    The award is not for Mokoena, "the good soccer player" but for Mokoena " the good human being" who happens to play soccer and London as a City having had the honour of being assocciated with him. The loud-mouthed respondents must learn to read and understand, the award is not for the way he is playing soccer at all.

  • Khanyisa Mchako - 2010-10-25 16:58

    Well done Mbazo. We are proudof what you have done..

  • Spy - 2010-10-25 17:04

    Ron, you should read before criticising. This has nothing to do with kicking the ball on the pitch but a celebration of Mbazo's achievements off the pitch. You twerp!

  • ME - 2010-10-25 17:11

    This is not about his playing ability- because he is a very average and error prone defender. So, Kaizer Motaung must be careful who he compares him with.

  • Jaundiced - 2010-10-25 17:27

    Well done Mbazo!!!!

  • Bookworm aka crazy white woman - 2010-10-25 19:03

    Well done to you Aaron. What an enormous achievement. We love you and hope you will continue as you have been in your behavior and attitude to do us proud. Mwah! xxx

  • The Kin' - 2010-10-26 08:34

    What has Pienaar done to deserve that award, "for getting his drivers licence suspended" sure he is more deserving than someone who takes time to fund and develop raw talent. -Mbazo congrats, well deserved, that selfish Benny can learn a thing or two from you.

  • Bryann aka mphah - 2010-10-26 12:34

    Well done Aaron Mokoena 4 being a great example im dat youngsters will a lot from you.

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