The President of SAFA, Danny Jordaan, says Kamohelo Mokotjo’s performance against Guinea-Bissau, was worth the fight to regain his South African citizenship.
The former Feyenoord man starred in the 3-1 victory over the African side, playing in a deep-lying playmaker role alongside defensive midfielder Dean Furman.
And the FC Twente man shone with his positional sense and passing ability, orchestrating many of Bafana Bafana's attacking movements and linking up with Thulani Serero and Kermit Erasmus.
Jordaan feels his showing proves that the effort SAFA went through in order for the 26-year-old to regain his citizenship, was well worth its due – after he attained Dutch nationality to potentially further his career in Europe.
His decision was based on lack of opportunities under former head coach Shakes Mashaba, with a ruling in England that foreign players without European citizenship need to feature in at least 75% of their country's fixtures over the last three years, in order to qualify for a work-permit.
"I think it's incredible football that team has produced and congratulations to the coach and the captain, Itumeleng Khune and all the young players," Jordaan said after the game.
"Of course, Kamohelo (Mokotjo), it was worth fighting to get him back, he had an incredible performance in the midfield."