We’ll take Bafana to World Cup – Mokoena

Midfielder vows to bang in more goals for national team

Neville Khoza Journalist
Teboho Mokoena during the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifier match between South Africa and Ghana at FNB Stadium.
Teboho Mokoena during the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifier match between South Africa and Ghana at FNB Stadium.
Image: Veli Nhlapo

The goal Teboho Mokoena scored for Bafana Bafana in their 3-1 victory over Ethiopia in the 2022 World Cup qualifier at Bahir Dar Stadium made him itch for more in the national team colours.

Mokoena scored the opener on the stroke of halftime before Mothobi Mvala and Evidence Makgopa netted in the second half to seal the win for Bafana.

The 24-year-old now wants to score more and help Bafana win more games in the future. “As a team, we analysed Ethiopia and we knew where their weakest links were and when I stepped up for that free-kick, I knew what I was doing and the ball went in,” Mokoena told Safa media yesterday.

“I have been waiting for that moment and I’ve always wanted to score for the national team and when that goal went in, I was like: finally, I made it. Now I’m hungry for more.”

With Bafana sitting on top of Group G with seven points from three matches, the SuperSport United midfielder feels they are the players who will take the national team to Qatar next year. “For me, every time I get a call-up, it is always an honour and privilege to represent my country and I’m very honoured to be here,” he said.

“It is the proudest moment of my life to represent the country, especially when I went to the Olympics, Afcon with the under-23s, World Cup under-20... now I’m with Bafana. We’ve been speaking about vision 2022 since 2015 and I’m there now. We are the group that will take the team to the World Cup.”

Mokoena also urged his teammates to show the same fighting spirit during their victory in Ethiopia on Saturday when they host them tomorrow at 6pm.

 “We are very positive going into tomorrow’s game. It is going to be a hard match. They are a good side and we must take the game to them and fight until the end.”

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