Kamohelo Mokotjo is one of the players who are doing well in Europe. His current value of R64 million proves that even though he is playing in the First Division in England, he is far better than all South Africans warming benches in top divisions in Europe. Kamohelo proved his worth in a match against Senegal where he controlled the midfield like he owned it.
Kamohelo Mokotjo’s performance for FC Twente last season was so impressive that it landed him the Player of the Week award from Voetbal International. The 25-year-old – despite his young age – has become a senior player in Twente’s young team this season as they looked to bounce back from their financial difficulties, and has played a major role in their current six-game unbeaten streak that has seen them move up to sixth place.
Mokotjo put in another stellar performance on Saturday night as Twente held the reigning champions, PSV, away from home, making more key passes than any other player on his team and finishing with a 93% pass accuracy. The former SuperSport United man also had a 100% tackle completion in the game as he bossed Twente’s midfield, but on top of that managed to complete more dribbles (3) than all but two of the other players that featured in the game.
Only four players in the Twente squad have played more minutes than the South African (925) so far this season, while only six players in the entire Eredivisie have made more passes than him at this stage. Meanwhile, he also has the seventh highest pass completion rate in the league (88.8%). Mokotjo recently retired from international football during Shakes Mashaba’s tenure, stating that he would only be able to return to the national team once there were changes made.
South African teenager, Siphesihle ‘Siph’ Mdlalose, is moving up the ranks in Southampton’s famed youth academy, having scored in an EFL Trophy match last night. The 17-year-old winger has been promoted to the U23 side on several occasions this season as reward for his fine performances for the U18s, and his goal against Crawley Town – which helped knock out the League Two club – was his first at U23 level.
Mdlalose has five goals for the U18s and U23s now this season, and having faced the likes of Arsenal’s Carl Jenkinson in recent weeks, he will no doubt be pleased with the progress he is making in one of the United Kingdom’s highest-rated academy structures. Stars such as Gareth Bale, Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlaide-Chamberlain have all come through the ranks at Southampton in recent years, and the teenager from Mzansi will be keen to try and follow in their footsteps.
Speaking after the 0-0 draw with Arsenal’s U23s last month, Mdlalose told the club’s official website, “It’s a decent start, we need to just keep going. It was a difficult game today and I think we coped with it well defensively and we had a few chances. I think we coped well with Arsenal. We probably could have nicked it, but it is what it is. Southampton’s U23s are now through to the Round of 32 in the Checkatrade Trophy, and Mdlalose will be keen to make sure that he gets the nod once again as the Saints look to progress even further.
Former SuperSport United juniors’ player, Jaisen Clifford, has joined a new club in Malta. Clifford has been playing for Gudja United in Malta. Apart from being with the Matsatsantsa juniors earlier in his career, the striker has also been on the books of Bidvest Wits juniors, as well as the Stars of Africa Football Academy.
We have it on good authority that the player has now joined Mqabba, with the player said to have signed a deal that will run until the end of the season. Prior to joining Mqabba, Clifford had a trial with Italian Serie D side Luzzese Calcio in August, after parting ways with Gudja. However, a delay in the process of issuing his permanent residence permit, which he has been waiting for, led to the player returning to Malta.
Now, the player is hoping to shine in the colours of his new club and to continue to making a name for himself in Malta, while flying the Mzansi flag high in the process.
These are the best South African players playing regular football in Europe as the rest are not playing enough matches to be recognized.