Mokeke notes City differences

The utility man was on loan from SuperSport United in City’s maiden season in the PSL three years ago, where he featured in 32 games across all competitions. That campaign City went on to lift the 2016 Telkom Knockout trophy and finish a respectable third on the Absa Premiership standings.

After a less-than-successful return to Matsatsantsa and a short foray with Chippa United, Mokeke finds himself back with the Citizens, signing on last week before being thrust into the starting line-up in Saturday’s league victory over SuperSport.

And the 28-year-old is delighted to be back.

“I am happy to be here and just want to contribute to the team like the last time I was here,” he said. “I just want to play and leave some legacy: the last time we won our first cup, so I want to add to that.”

Under Eric Tinkler’s watch during his first spell in the Cape, with the club bouncing around training facilities with no set base, Mokeke noted a number of differences upon his return to the Citizens.

“The club has improved professionally. The way they run things has improved and also the style of play has changed under the different coach, so that’s what I have noticed,” he said. “It feels nice as you can now just focus on football, and other things will take care of themselves.”

The midfielder-cum-defender made eight appearances for the Chilli Boys after joining them last year. Yet even with the club struggling so far this campaign, he insists he won’t describe his departure from Port Elizabeth as a relief given his previous frustrating spell on the sidelines with SuperSport.

“I won’t say I was grateful [to leave], as Chippa gave me a chance to be back on the playing field,” he said. “But I’m happy with what has happened, and I’m happy to be here.”

Returning to a team with many familiar faces, Mokeke says that has helped a lot in settling back in to his former side.

“It helps a lot as you get to settle quicker,” he said. “I’ve played with many of the guys and some of them I’ve idolised in the game, so it’s easy for me to adapt to the team.”

Mokeke will be hoping for his second start when City host Baroka at Cape Town Stadium tonight. Kick-off is set for 20h15.