Register Login Live

Supporters Club

'No One, Even Mokotjo, Is Bigger Than Bafana Bafana'

A division is beginning to split the plates under our feet as South African supporters. Coach Shakes Mashaba has made another enemy out of a quality player. The news broke this week that Netherlands-based Bafana Bafana star Kamohelo Mokotjo has decided to hang up his international boots. Most supporters think this is another link in Mashaba's stubborn chain that serves to fasten his grip on the national team; others believe it's his show to run, and that he is therefore within his rights.

"Football is a funny thing, not so long ago we were praising Shakes," Soccer Laduma user Shares_Shelani said.

Some of our supporters are saying that the head coach should have carte blanche to field the team he wants. After all, it is him that we have trusted with the position to play football his way, not ours. SL user user katzarobbafana certainly agrees with this sentiment.

"Coach, don't waste your time thinking about Mokotjo, he is not the first player to resign. Nothing wrong with that decision," he said.

"The mistake of not qualifying was on the first two matches, not because of Mokotjo."

Furthermore, many supporters feel that we cannot blame our recent, almost certain failure to qualify for Afcon on squad exclusions such as Mokotjo, as pointed out by SL reader Mlingy.

"Leave Shakes alone. Does that Mokotjo guy possess miracles to rectify errors made by our Bafana Bafana as a team? I don't think so," he said.

"Is Mokotjo better than Kekana or Jali? I don't think so. Is Mokotjo a striker and prolific goalscorer? I don't think so. So Shakes, do your job."

The message from this side of the South African support stand is clear: we need to let the national coach do his job, and as much as it is unfair for a player to sit on a plane for many hours and miss out on club action just to sit on the bench, we still cannot develop a culture where players can come and go as they please and hang up their boots when the going gets tough.

"No one is bigger than Bafana Bafana. You play or you don't. The jersey comes first." SL website user Kekana515 said.

Which side of the debate do you sit on? Was Mokotjo right or wrong to temporarily hang up his boots? Should we just allow Shakes to select the team the way he wants to, or will he have to be flexible in order to not chase all our stars away?


Top 5

Chiefs Identify First Assistant For Hunt…

121 Sep 18, 2020 10:26 AM in Kaizer Chiefs

The World's 10 Highest-Paid Football Stars Today

Sep 14, 2020 08:30 PM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar Watch

Pirates Confirm Crucial Jele Development

26 Sep 18, 2020 01:14 PM in Orlando Pirates

14 Footballers Who Have Degrees

10 Sep 16, 2020 08:30 PM in World News

OFFICIAL: Sundowns Announce Two New Additions

55 Sep 18, 2020 10:55 AM in Mamelodi Sundowns

The World's 10 Highest-Paid Football Stars Today

Sep 14, 2020 08:30 PM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar Watch

14 Footballers Who Have Degrees

10 Sep 16, 2020 08:30 PM in World News

Pitso Confirms Chloorkop Departures

76 Sep 15, 2020 07:05 AM in Mamelodi Sundowns

Chiefs Fans Outraged Over Bold Amakhosi Jersey Making the Rounds Online

26 Sep 18, 2020 05:02 PM in The Best Of The Rest

Done Deal: New Home For Wits Star

8 Sep 18, 2020 12:28 PM in PSL

11 Footballers Who Went Broke

33 Jun 10, 2020 07:15 PM in World News

Pay Cuts For Game-Time? Mosimane Speaks!

42 Sep 17, 2020 12:18 PM in Mamelodi Sundowns

The 10 Richest Footballers In The World

11 May 20, 2020 08:32 PM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar Watch

Monare & Hlanti Released, Chiefs Move Loading?

53 Sep 17, 2020 07:17 PM in Kaizer Chiefs