Mokotjo’s Bafana future remains uncertain

The international future of FC Twente midfielder Kamohelo Mokotjo is hanging in the balance after recent comments by the South African Football Association.

The South African national team confirmed the newly granted Dutch citizen was part of the training camp that reported for duty this week in Durban and claimed SAFA are in the process of figuring out if the midfielder is still eligible to play for his country of birth.

Mokotjo left South Africa in 2009 when Feyenoord snapped him up from Supersport United as a promising teenager, and after 152 top-flight appearances in the Netherlands, the 26-year-old decided to apply for Dutch citizenship.

The move from the South Africa international was due to his lack of involvement in the senior national team, with only three caps for Bafana Bafana – the change of citizenship from Mokotjo is an effort to ease his way into a bigger league come the end of the season, without work-permit restrictions.

However, in the Netherlands you need to renounce your former nationality in order to gain citizenship to the European nation.

"Kamohelo Mokotjo is among the players who reported for the national team camp on Sunday, 19 March 2017," team manager Barney Kujane told SAFA's website.

"You all know that we have this issue whereby the player has obtained a Dutch citizenship – but we have invited him to camp and his matter of citizenship and playing for Bafana Bafana is being handled by the Association (SAFA) and the South African government. 

"Immediately (after) this matter has come to a logical conclusion we will inform the members of the media."