Brentford's Kamohelo Mokotjo hoping for Bafana Bafana opportunity against Seychelles in African Nations Cup qualifying


Mokotjo has become a regular feature in the Bafana squad over the past 12 months, managing five of his 11 senior international caps accumulated since his debut some six years ago.

The 27-year-old’s move to English Championship side Brentford may have had quite a significant role in that, having shown his grit in over 50 outings for The Bees since August last year.

“I think it’s going quite okay [in England]. I haven’t played as much as I want but I have been working hard to get a permanent place in the team,” said Mokotjo at the national team press conference in Johannesburg on Monday.

“I think what matters most is you putting in the work and staying fit, and I’m doing the right things that a professional footballer should do so that when you get your chance you’re ready for it.

“The Championship is – I might even say – the most intense league in the world, I think. So, you have to be doing the right things and you have to be mentally strong in order to give a performance because it’s about taking each game as it comes.

“You don’t look too far into the future because you play so many games.”

Having made a name for himself in the junior national teams and growing in stature and maturity in his game since moving from SuperSport United to Holland in 2009, it comes as a surprise that he has not been a Bafana regular over the years.

After seven-and-a-half years in The Netherlands, Mokotjo took up Dutch citizenship in order to pave the way for his move to London and get a work permit in the absence of his international credentials.

He made a name for himself over the seven seasons in the Eredivisie and has gained further prominence in the English second tier, but ‘The General’ has yet to leave a thorough footprint in the green and gold of Bafana.

“When it comes to the national team, I don’t see it as a struggle. I just think my time will come, and when that time comes I have to be ready. I am already ready, but I just have to keep asking the gaffer questions, keep knocking and I feel I’m doing that,” he explained.

“But, like I said, I think my mentality is my strongest attribute. Of course, there are things in my game that I can improve on, but I prefer to rather start with dealing with issues that are in my mind than focusing on the football things.”