Lebohang ‘Cheeseboy’ Mokoena feels indebted to Orlando Pirates


RUSTENBURG, SOUTH AFRICA – JUNE 13, Lebohang Mokoena being interviewed during the South African National soccer team training session and press conference from Royal Marang Sports Complex on June 13, 2012 in Rustenburg, South Africa
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Lebohang ‘Cheeseboy’ Mokoena says he feels he still owes Orlando Pirates’ supporters.

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The 29-year-old made his Pirates debut in the 2003/04 season aged just 17 and went on to make a total of 66 appearances for the Buccaneers. He however left in 2009 after falling out of favour with then-Bucs coach Ruud Krol. The winger says he still shares a special bond with Pirates.

“People always tell me that they wish I could go back home [Pirates]. If it was possible for me to take myself back I would you know. I feel like I still owe them little bit of something, that I left very early. If only God could allow it [Pirates reunion],” Mokoena tells KickOff.com.

The Soweto-born winger also says he still gets a lot of love from football fans around the country. “I’ve really missed all the supporters. It’s an amazing feeling that I get when I walk in the street from Pirates supporters, Chiefs supporters even Sundowns supporters. It is overwhelming, it actually makes the heart melt,” he says.

Mokoena is currently clubless after confirming his exit from Sundowns to KickOff.com earlier this month. He has been linked with Kaizer Chiefs, who will be announcing their new acquisitions this morning.

Lebohang ‘Cheeseboy’ Mokoena stepping out the shadows at Mamelodi Sundowns

Lebohang ‘Cheeseboy’ Mokoena says he decided to leave Mamelodi Sundowns after being behind the scenes for too long.

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The much-loved winger confirmed to KickOff.com earlier this month that he was leaving Sundownsafter seven years of service. The 29-year-old former Orlando Pirates attacker says he feels he was part of Downs’ success in the past season despite playing just 47 minutes of league football in the whole campaign.

“There are a lot of things that happen behind the scenes that people do not know. With some of the experiences I shared with the likes of Zungu, Khama, [I was able to contribute]. Then I looked at myself and said it is time for me to go and play, I have supported enough. I have been behind the scenes too much,” he tells this website.

Mokoena also reserves praise for Brazilians coach Pitso Mosimane while acknowledging that they didn’t always share the same views. “Coach Pitso is a fantastic coach. I have no problems with him. He loves his job and works hard. Everybody knows the change he has brought to Sundowns. It is just sad that as people as we grow we tend to see things differently,” he concludes.