Cheeseboy: I was pushed by my family


He went an entire season without a club, but finally landed himself a contract with National First Division rookies Maccabi FC, who are coached by former Jomo Cosmos and Kaizer Chiefs defender Mokete Tsotetsi.

Mokoena went through a tough period and even considered other avenues as clubs were not coming forth to sign him. Now that he is in the colours of Maccabi, the 31-year-old is grateful for the opportunity to showcase the talent he has been given.

“I actually sat down and evaluated life as a whole, to say ‘I have done my best and showcased my talent at every club I played for, even towards the time I left Ajax’. I raised my hand even when I was playing in the MDC [MultiChoice Diski Challenge],” the one-time Bafana Bafana international tells

“So it was a bit of a challenge, frustrating not doing what you love and always trying to look for alternatives in terms of looking ahead to the future. I was pushed a lot by my family, to say ‘no man you still have an ability to go play’. Also the people on the street kept saying they want to see me play. By God’s grace the opportunity is there. I am settling in well at Maccabi. I am not where I want to be, but I will continue working hard because I have a couple more years playing football.”

Coaching is an option for Mokoena, but he still wants to be on the pitch until hs time is up.

“There’s always going to be life after football, you cannot run away from that. Everybody has to go through that because football is a short career.

“For me I am always thinking if I am not playing football, am I going to go into coaching? The analyst from Ajax told me that there is a coaching course, but you know when the heart is still in the field of play. Let me enjoy being in the field of play and when the team is up, then the time is up.

“Motivational talks is something I want to do for the young ones because I believe they are the ones who can bring change.”