SAFA caught off guard by Kamohelo Mokotjo's Dutch nationality


The 25-year-old midfield anchorman had previously announced his premature retirement from international duty, following a fall-out with axed coach Shakes Mashaba in April last year.

However, Mokotjo was named amongst interim coach Owen da Gama's strong 25-man squad set to face Guinea-Bissau and Angola in back-to-back friendlies later this month, with the FC Twente star yet to be contacted by the association.

To make matters more complicated, the FC Twente star has since taken up Dutch nationality through the process of naturalisation, which, according to the law in the Netherlands, required him to renounce his South African nationality, leaving doubts as to whether he is immediately able to play for Bafana.

"To be honest with you, I was not aware of that. I was not aware of his nationality, I don't know anything about that," admitted Da Gama.

"What we've done is put the [squad] list together, we put it in front of the manager and I'm sure the manager is going to look into that.

"I have not been in contact with him [Mokotjo]. I was hoping that we could release this to the public and then we would certainly work on it.

"But I believe we must do everything in our powers to try and get these players playing for Bafana Bafana."

Bafana team manager Barney Kujane was also dumbstruck by questions pertaining to Mokotjo's national status and opted not to add to Da Gama's statement.

Having already renounced his South African nationality, Mokotjo will now need to re-apply for a South African passport – a process SAFA will look to fast-track to get him available in time for the upcoming games, provided he agrees to return to the national team fold.