AT LAST, the South African Football Association is recognising one of the country's best soccer ambassadors.
Described as the Maserati of all footballers and Pele the Rolls-Royce by a foremost European soccer writer of his era, Steve "Kalamazoo" Mokone is also rated among the best to grace the Dutch Football League where he played for Heracles in 1956-59.
Parts of a modern-day stadium and a big street in Holland's capital of Amsterdam have been named after him.
In Coventry, England, when he became the first black professional footballer in Europe, a newspaper went gagga: "Coventry has never seen such clamour since the end of the war."
Mokone was a founder member of the Sanroc, which campaigned for the isolation of South Africa from international sport.
We say to Safa better late than never - about time we perfected the history of our game.