BAFANA Bafana captain Aaron "Mbazo" Mokoena has pledged his loyalty to cash-strapped Portsmouth despite receiving offers from other English Premiership clubs.
Mokoena has refused to name the sides who are courting him, except to say he was humbled by the recognition he is getting in England.
But Sowetan has learnt that Bolton Wanderers, West Ham United and Wolverhampton Wanderers are the clubs that have shown interest in the former Blackburn Rovers defender.
Portsmouth, who are languishing at the foot of the Premier League table with 14 points from 20 matches, have been hit by financial problems.
"In this month's transfer window period I have been approached by several clubs but I have made it clear I'm not going anywhere," said Mokoena, who is captain at Fratton Park.
Furthermore, Mokoena said with the 2010 Fifa World Cup coming to South Africa, it was advisable for him to remain at a club where he played regularly.
"Coach Carlos Alberto Parreira has advised Bafana Bafana players warming the benches (at their respective clubs) to move to clubs where they will play regularly to enhance their chances of being part of the World Cup squad.
"I cannot risk my chances of being part of the historic 2010 Fifa World Cup finals by moving to another club where I might not be guaranteed that I will play regularly immediately on arrival.
"Portsmouth are going through some internal challenges, but the new owners of the club are doing their utmost best to sort out the problem.
"I have been with Portsmouth for six months (after joining them from Blackburn). I have no immediate plans to leave.
"We need to win at least four games. As players we have decided to treat all the remaining games like a cup final to escape the relegation axe."
Pompey face a Fulham side on Saturday that features fellow Bafana player Kagisho Dikgacoi.