Mosimane proud of Mokoena

2010-10-28 13:02

Johannesburg - Aaron Mokoena has won many admirers during his career and Pitso Mosimane is definitely one of them.

The Bafana Bafana boss believes Mokoena sets a fine example for up-and-coming footballers and says the defender, who captained South Africa at the 2010 World Cup, is a worthy recipient of the Freedom of the City of London.

The award is a major honour that is handed out by municipalities in former Commonwealth countries to esteemed members of its community or to organisations that have given the community heroic service.

And the Bafana boss feels Mbazo richly deserves the accolade.

"I am proud of his achievements, he has been a great servant of the national team and a wonderful ambassador for South African football abroad," Mosimane told SAFA's official website.

In addition to the 104 caps he has accumulated for his country, Mokoena, now aged 29, has featured for a number of prominent European clubs, including Ajax Amsterdam, KRC Genk, Blackburn Rovers and his current employers Portsmouth.

"In my view no one is more deserving of the honour," Mosimane added.

"Mokoena has played more than one-hundred times for Bafana Bafana which shows the man's qualities - on and off the field.

"This honour does not come as a surprise to me, he is a special player and a special person. We just hope this will serve as an inspiration to many players out there that whatever you set your mind to, you can make it," concluded the coach 


  • still K@K - 2010-10-28 14:59

    he might be a nice guy and has done some great things for his community but his still a kak player and is a liability on the field. in every important game (FA Cup Final, Confed Cup Semi, Opening game of the World Cup) its mokoena that messes up

  • the don - 2010-10-28 15:16

    Mokoena might be a spcial person, but he is not a special player. We just have to be honest with ourselves. What is the spcial thing that he did to BB except causing us games?

  • collen - 2010-10-29 08:54

    I think our captain is getting old, he may be an inspirational figure in the team, but he was the weakest link in the defense(WORLD CUP), thanks to our outgoing coach, for fixing the defense that was solid. Players should be selected based on current performance not history or loyalty. In this way our does not have to justify a selection of any of the players, we have a lot of talent in our country.

  • Mali - 2010-11-02 12:12

    I think the article talks about Aron Mokoena's recently achievement from London in regardless if it's off or on the field, if you feel Mbazo doesn't deserve this award better CRY loud in front of the judges/selectors who make decision & issue soccer awards maybe they will wipe your tears but now all we do as South African we congratulate and celebrate with the national captain for flying SA UP...

  • mudalo mammburu - 2010-11-04 10:14

    i truly respct da guy

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