Aaron Mokoena

Bafana Bafana Captain

Aaron Mokoena is used to pressure. At 17, he became the youngest player
to wear the Bafana Bafana jersey, eventually taking over the captaincy
from Lucas Radebe.
So, when Portsmouth took on Coventry City in the FA Cup this year, it wasn't
surprising that Mokoena scored the winning goal in the fi nal minute of extra time.
At 29, Mokoena is at the top of
his game, having played for Bayer
Leverkusen, Ajax Amsterdam and
Genk before moving to the English
Premier League. On the fi eld he may
be known as the tough tackling
"Mbazo� but to the youth he inspires
through his foundation he is the
hero who brings football, along with
messages of self-esteem, health and
education, into their communities.
No doubt when he sings the
national anthem during the
opening game of the Fifa 2010
World Cup, Mokoena will be
thinking of the four-year-old boy
who kick-started his career on the
dusty pitches of Boipatong.
�Cat Pritchard

Lunch spot: The Meat Company, Melrose Arch, Johannesburg