Mokoena's career at an end?

2011-03-15 16:18

Johannesburg - South Africa have dropped captain Aaron Mokoena for next week's African Nations Cup qualifier against holders Egypt, signalling the potential end of his long international career.

The centre back, who won the first of his 107 caps 12 years ago, was omitted on Tuesday when coach Pitso Mosimane named his squad for the match in Johannesburg on March 26.

Mosimane refused to discuss Mokoena's omission at a news conference, telling reporters only "it is time to move forward".

Mokoena had been called up last month for a friendly win over Kenya but was left on the bench for the match.

At the time, Mosimane said he wanted to use the game to try out a new defensive combination and accused reporters of making too much out of Mokoena being left among the unused substitutes.

The 30-year-old missed a November friendly against the United States when Mosimane said he was giving Mokoena a break.

Steven Pienaar has been named as captain in Mokoena's place for the key qualifier where South Africa are seeking to extend their lead over Egypt at the head of the group.

Bafana squad:

Goalkeepers: Darren Keet (Wits University), Itumeleng Khune (Kaizer Chiefs), Wayne Sandilands (Mamelodi Sundowns)

Defenders: Siyabonga Sangweni and Mzivukile Tom (Golden Arrows), Ruben Cloete (Orlando Pirates), Siboniso Gaxa (Lierse/BEL), Morgan Gould (SuperSport Utd), Bongani Khumalo (Tottenham/ENG), Anele Ngcongca (Racing Genk/BEL)

Midfielders: Andile Jali and Tlou Segolela (Pirates), Reneilwe Letsholonyane and Siphiwe Tshabalala (Chiefs), Daylon Claasen (Lierse/BEL), Kagisho Dikgacoi (Crystal Palace/ENG), Thanduyise Khuboni (Arrows), Sifiso Myeni (Wits), Steven Pienaar (Tottenham/ENG, captain)

Strikers: Kermit Erasmus (SuperSport), Katlego Mphela (Sundowns), Bernard Parker (Panseraikos/GRE), Thulani Serero (Ajax Cape Town), Davide Somma (Leeds/ENG)


  • Kubes - 2011-03-15 16:23


      Man U - 2011-03-16 12:10

      @Kubes: LOL! Your Arsenil team need defenders so he might be a shoe-in for your crap team!

      Kubes - 2011-03-16 14:02

      MANU - Clearly you have just started watching soccer. Stick to PSL dude. And why do you embarrass yourself, I am sure you are a nice guy, dont call your self MANU. Thats wrong bru.

      Man U - 2011-03-16 16:16

      @Kubes: Yet another stupid comment from an equally stupid person! I'm sure you can get a refund from the school you attended!

  • Big Easy - 2011-03-15 16:26

    A bit of a doff decision from an outsider point of view! What is it with South African management who leave out experienced players at a time when we need them. Boucher in WC, Neil Powell in 7's and now Aaron?? Bit baffled.

      ME - 2011-03-15 17:09

      Aaron is error prone. Watch him closely and you will understand why he would get left out in the first place.

  • kahuru1 - 2011-03-15 22:28

    What about Mbulelo Mabizela or has his past shenanigans still keeping him from being selected or is he simply NOT good enough?

  • Trevor - 2011-03-16 07:49

    Pitso your time is up

  • Tombstone - 2011-03-16 09:33

    what career ? He would have made more money at a fruit and veg stand...

  • mpho30 - 2011-03-17 13:19

    Welcome back Katlego...killa!

  • Zukisani - 2011-03-19 10:38

    where is peterson? honestly i think we should have sacrificed classen and erasmus let them go to the under 23 camp , then put few experienced players we are playing against egypt here not malawi or kenya,but if its part of pitso's strategy for 2014 then let it be

  • Ntsikelelo Suwankazi - 2011-03-22 16:58

    To people who are against Aaron I think they need to know that if Aaron was as not worth for international play I think guys you`re mistaken coz even someone who knows nothing about soccer can tell you that Mokoena was play well for his country by just looking at his Caps, so the only thing is left for us fellow South Africans is to Salute one hero from our country who represented us very well abroad & in the country as well. Fellow South Africans start appreciating the good that other people do for this country. Thank you Aaron Mbazo Mokoena. Pirates Fan

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