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Kamohelo Mokotjo reports for Bafana camp but no clarity on eligibility

Posted: 20 March 2017 Time: 14:34

SAFA have confirmed the arrival of midfielder Kamohelo Mokotjo at the Bafana Bafana camp, with Keagan Dolly the only player yet to report for duty.

The national team assembled in Johannesburg on Sunday evening and have since travelled to Durban ahead of their first friendly against Guinea-Bissau at Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Bafana will also take on Angola in another friendly at the Buffalo City Stadium in East London three days later.

Team manager Barney Kujane has since confirmed that 24 players, including Mokotjo, are currently in camp.

The 26-year-old midfield anchorman has been called up for the first time since announcing his retirement under a year ago, following a fallout with former coach Shakes Mashaba.

READ: SAFA in the dark over Mokotjo nationality

The FC Twente midfielder has since returned to the fold, but with complexities surrounding his Dutch citizenship, and it is as yet unknown whether he will be able to feature after renouncing his South African passport in accordance with Dutch laws.

However, Kujane, speaking at a press conference at the team's hotel on Monday, said the association and government are in the process of solving Mokotjo's matter.

"We want to inform you that Kamohelo Mokotjo is in camp here and he's among the players that reported for camp yesterday," Kujane said.

"By the way, you all know that we had an an issue whereby Kamohelo Mokotjo has obtained the Dutch citizenship.

"We've invited him to camp and his matter of citizenship and regarding playing for Bafana Bafana is being handled by the association and South African government.

"Immediately when this matter has come to a logical conclusion we'll inform the members of the media."

"Just to assure you also, the reason we have invited him to camp is that Kamohelo has indicated that he wants to play for his country, and we recognise that. As to what happens next we will have to wait for the outcome from the association. For now he will continue training with the team and preparing for the upcoming matches until further notice."

Meanwhile, Dolly, who was a second half substitute for Montpellier as they were thumped 5-1 by sixth-placed Bordeaux in a Ligue 1 encounter on Saturday evening, is expected to arrive in Durban on Tuesday.

"All the players have arrived except for Keagan Dolly. Keagan Dolly will travel today and arrive here tomorrow," Kujane added.

Article by: Robin-Duke Madlala
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