Kamohelo Mokotjo cleared to play for FC Cincinnati


Kamohelo Mokotjo is inching closer to making his Major League Soccer debut after being cleared to play for FC Cincinnati.

The Bafana Bafana midfielder signed for the MLS outfit last month after his contract with English Championship side Brentford expired, but had been made to wait before he could join his new teammates as a result of delays in securing his US work visa. 

That wait is nearing its end after Mokotjo received the necessary paperwork to travel to the country and undergo the mandatory 14-day quarantine period, passing the MLS and Cincinnati's respective COVID-19 pandemic protocols in the process.

According to local publication Cincinatti.com, the 29-year-old former SuperSport United star started doing individual training sessions at the club's Mercy Health Training Center in Milford last week ahead of his integration into the first-team squad.

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FC Cincinnati head coach Jaap Stam has also since revealed that he has been pleased with Mokotjo's work rate during these sessions, and that the South African will be ready for first-team action once he has returned to full fitness.

"He looks great and he's doing individual sessions with a high intensity," Stam said on Friday following his side's 0-0 draw with Philadelphia Union.

"He's doing a lot of work. He feels good. He responded to them very, very good and, you know, he needs to get back into shape after being off for a while.

"Hopefully, he can join the team within – well, hopefully, a couple of days – but as a coach, you're always thinking like that but sometimes you need to be a bit more patient in using players or wanting to have players within the roster, but for now, he's looking great."

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