Kamohelo Mokotjo keeping an ‘open mind’ over Bafana Bafana return

Kamohelo Mokotjo keeping an ‘open mind’ over Bafana Bafana return

Sekhukhune United midfielder Kamohelo Mokotjo is keeping an “open mind” regarding a possible return to the national team.

The veteran playmaker has 23 Bafana Bafana caps, but hasn’t featured since Hugo Broos was appointed coach two years ago. 

Now that he’s returned home to the PSL, the conversation regarding his international future has naturally come up. 

"For me, I don't close any doors. It's important to keep an open mind, but also to stick to what I know," said Mokotjo.

"Obviously, not being the obvious South African player, I play more effectively and I can choose my moments, I control my teammates in situations, and make sure that things flow within the team.

"I know my role, but ja, I'm not closing any doors on anything. What I'm doing right now is working hard to stay fit, stay healthy, and keep progressing a level up – that's the most important thing, and staying as professional as I can."

Mokotjo has spent over a decade playing abroad in Holland, England, and the USA, but had been inactive for more than 12 months due to injury before he signed for Sekhukhune in January. 

The 32-year-old makes a case for why his generation could still be involved at Bafana, even though Broos has opted for a different direction. 

"The crop that was there when I was still in Bafana, I think they're only peaking now and it would have been the perfect time for them to still be in there, at their peak," he added.

"But ja, things are done differently here, compared to other countries, and that's that. But they have a lot of talented players in the national team and hopefully, things come together."