Kamohelo Mokotjo, a Cape Town and also FC Twente midfielder, announced that he won’t honour future call-ups from Bafana Bafana.
The 25-year old was recently contacted to attend a game against Cameroon for 2017 AFCON qualifiers. Despite being called up to play against Cameroon, He wasn’t included in the squad playing that day for the first leg played in Limbe. In the return leg, he was a substitute at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban.
At a press conference after the match, Shakes Mashaba (Bafana Coach) was irritated when he asked about the idea of leaving Mokotjo on the bench in an important event.
In his defence, Mashaba told the press that usually players select themselves. He also showed his willingness to give the media a chance to attend training sessions and let them know how players train.
Mokotjo explained why turned his back on the national team on his Instagram account. He expressed this in a letter to die-hard of football of SA team. He also thanked his teammate, friends, family, sponsors, members of the media and coaches. He asked the SA football team supporters to respect his decision.
To all the die hards of SA football, the people that spent their hard earned money to come watch us, the supporters. I write this letter with a heavy heart. As you all know, I have for my entire and ongoing career devoted my life to the game of football – proudly representing the country at junior and senior national team levels. I have always supported the cause to improve our game in South Africa and ensure we do well in all competitions. I have gracefully honoured every call up and always have given my best whenever presented with a chance to don the national team jersey. It is very unfortunate that current circumstances are not conducive for me to break into the Bafana line up and I respect the decisions of the technical team led by coach Shakes Mashaba. I hereby wish to notify you all that I will not honour the national team call ups in the near future until circumstances change. I also wish to extend my heartfelt gratitude to my teammates – my fellow soldiers who have supported me throughout, trust me our paths will cross again. Thank you to my family, friends, members of the media, sponsors, coaches I’ve played under and all those that have backed me through these trying times. I’m optimistic that things will change and I will proudly wear the Bafana jersey again one day. I will continue working hard as a footballer and ensure that I improve my game so I can one day be able to don the Bafana jersey with pride and represent the country in our quest to reclaim our number one position on the continent. Please respect the decision I have taken. It was not an easy one as I love my country with all of my heart. I will continue to be the number 1 fan of South African football for the rest of my life. Once again endless gratitude to the South African Football Association for the opportunity and my fellow teammates for the times we’ve shared. It’s been an honour and a dream come true representing my country. Kamohelo Mokotjo ????????