“At 24, people might say it is high time I start featuring prominently within Bafana Bafana set-up but I don’t believe in forcing or rushing things. Time will come,” said the soft-spoken midfielder-cum-striker who plays for FC Twente in Dutch First Division.
“I know there has been a lot of talk saying this and that but let’s give the coaching staff our undivided support and stop dictating to him who to play and not to play. At the end of the day, it is his head which is on the block if results don’t come.
“Football is a team sport and no individual is bigger than the game. I have never been one individual who cracks under pressure but things being even, I think I am now ready to be given game time at national level.”
Mokotjo said for a player who never played most of his game in South Africa, he had a point to prove to South Africans.
“Very few football fans know me back home because I hardly played football back home hence I am also eager to repay given a chance.”
The diligent midfielder said playing for one’s country was priceless and had many other spin offs.
He said he had missed an opportunity to play football in England where a number of clubs were eyeing his signature but lack of international caps had put paid to his intended move.
He said most of his Twente FC colleagues had joined big clubs in Europe last season but couldn’t make a big move as well because of lack of international caps.
He added FC Twente has been struggling this season purely because they sold most of their big names.
“That has been the reason why the club has been struggling. We sold most of our big names and I was also a target for most European clubs especially in England but I didn’t have enough caps to make that huge jump.
“But I am very much enjoying my game especially recently as the club has began putting together some good results. And most of the youngsters also look up to me for guidance as I am considered one of the senior players in the team despite my age.”.