South Africa’s most capped footballer Aaron Mokoena has his first coaching role in the country.
THE ROLE WILL BE MOKOENA’S FIRST COACHING JOB
Cape Town City have appointed former Bafana Bafana captain Mokoena as assistant coach to Dutchman Jan Olde Riekerink.
This follows the departure of Vasili Manousakis who last week submitted his resignation and has reunited with Benni McCarthy at AmaZulu.
Aaron Mokoena, who last served as assistant team manager at the South African senior national team, will now be venturing into coaching for the first time since his retirement as a player in 2013.
The 40-year-old previously served as head of scouting for top flight rookies Swallows FC, where he was appointed in September 2019.
‘Mbazo’ has extensive international football experience having played for German side Bayer Leverkusen, Ajax Amsterdam, Blackburn Rovers and Portsmouth during his playing career.
He also played 107 matches for Bafana Bafana.
I AM FROM THE DUSTY STREETS – MOKOENA
“I always felt that Cape Town is like Europe and I have been in Europe for half of my life,” Aaron Mokoena told Cape Town City’s media.
“I am from the dusty streets. I played amateur football in Boipatong. I am the most capped footballer in the history South African football. It’s not easy to play abroad. One thing that is frustrating in Europe is not to play. That’s why we find a lot of South African players coming back home.
“I would love to guide them. Coming to join such a massive club, the relationship that I had with my ex-coach Jan Olde Riekerink in the days at Ajax Amsterdam makes me already feel at home.”
Cape Town City currently occupy fourth position In the DStv Premiership log, having suffered only one defeat in their opening eight matches thus far.
They are next in action on Tuesday, December 5 at 17:00 against Swallows FC at the Dobsonville Stadium.