Kamohelo Mokotjo relishing new chapter at English Championship side Brentford
Posted: 8 July 2017 Time: 12:51
Bafana Bafana midfielder Kamohelo Mokotjo believes his move to English Championship side Brentford was the correct step as he looks to continue his development.
Mokotjo's arrival from FC Twente was confirmed on Friday, when The Bees announced his three-year deal worth a reported R15,3-million.
Brentford coach Dean Smith yesterday revealed that the club had been monitoring the progress of the 26-year-old "for a while", and likewise the SuperSport United academy graduate is delighted to have finally made the switch.
“It’s good to finally be here,” said 'Kamo', speaking to iFollow. “It has been a long time coming but I am happy to be here.
"I have waited because it always felt good with Brentford. Everyone believes in me here and it is a good step for me to challenge myself. I have had chats with the coach and the directors of football and this is a club with ambition that wants to grow.
"I am not one to take the easy way out and I went with my gut. I know that this was the right decision for me. I needed to make the next step in my career and I believe that Brentford will help me to develop into a better player.”
After eight years in the Netherlands, Mokotjo is relishing the challenges of a new style of football, and is hoping to create and score a few goals during his time at Griffin Park.
“The intensity of football is different here and I am looking forward to experiencing all the different things that English football has to offer,” added Mokotjo.
“I am a very technical player for my position in defensive midfield. I anticipate situations and I always look to play the first ball forward. I want to create a lot of chances and create a lot of goals.
"Although I am not one for scoring that much hopefully that will improve. I am a guy that keeps the team going and I am looking forward to getting to know my teammates.”
The Free State-born midfield workhorse also explained the origin of his nickname 'The General', which he picked up while at Twente.
“I had that nickname because I had a bit more of a leadership role at FC Twente,” he revealed. “They had a lot of young players and I had to step up. I did that and my teammates recognised it and started calling me The General.
"Leading on the pitch has become a part of me. I feel with all my experience and all the ups and downs I have been through in my career I have something to give back. I feel that I can do that here.
"I am looking forward to getting to know my teammates. Once the ball gets rolling then things will click. I am looking forward to that.”