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South Africa’s Influence On The Dutch Game

Dutch football has long had a productive relationship with its South African counterpart. Through the years, South African players have made the pilgrimage north to the Netherlands in ever-increasing numbers, while Holland has provided the odd player, but also coaches and financial backing to the South African game. Paul Gellard tells all…

In recent seasons there have been numerous Dutch players who have tried their luck in the country’s Premier Soccer League. Ajax Cape Town are, perhaps unsurprisingly given their relationship with their famous Amsterdam counterparts, the popular stop for players from the Netherlands. The club can list the likes of Sander Westerveld (still a Goalkeeper Coach at the club), Koen van de Laak, Marciano Vink, Geert Brusselers and Roelf de Boer among their alumni.  As well as coaches in the form of Leo van Veen, Henk Bodewes, Jan Pruijn, Maarten Stekelenberg and Foppe de Haan. The latter took over the club in 2009, fresh from winning the European Under-21 Championships with Jong Oranje.

Other clubs in South Africa have also benefited from Dutch influence on and off the pitch. This season’s PSL campaign also features the likes of former Utrecht defender, Alje Schut, at Pretoria side Mamelodi Sundowns while Kees Kwakman, once of Groningen and NAC Breda, is now turning out for BidVest Wits of Johannesburg. Former Ajax and Oranje defender also won a league title with Soweto giants, Orlando Pirates, in 2011.

But what of South Africa’s contributions to the Dutch domestic scene? Well it won’t surprise readers to know that the club from Ajax have been the main beneficiaries of emerging South African talent, predominantly through their link with Cape Town.

In 1997, a young striker by the name of Benni McCarthy was signed by Ajax from Seven Stars (a pre-cursor to Ajax Cape Town), following a strong performance at the FIFA World Youth Championships for South Africa. McCarthy, a pacy striker, went on to manage 20 goals in 36 appearances for the Amsterdammers before moving onto Spain with Celta Vigo. He also went on to win the Champions League with FC Porto in Portugal. This was followed by a successful spell with Blackburn Rovers in England before moving onto West Ham United and, finally, returning to South Africa with Orlando Pirates.

Hot on the heels of McCarthy were defender Aaron Mokoena in 1999 and Steven Pienaar, a midfielder from Johannesburg. Signing for Ajax from their Cape Town counterparts as an 18-year-old in 2001, Pienaar went on to spend 5 seasons in Amsterdam, scoring 15 goals in 94 games before his departure to the Bundesliga with Borussia Dortmund. He has since had successful spells with Everton, punctuated by a largely uneventful time in London with Tottenham. Mokoena, on the other hand, made just 7 appearances for Ajax and was twice loaned out to Belgian club, Germinal Beerschot of Antwerp, before moving permanently to that country with Racing Genk in 2003.

Perhaps one of the most recognisable South African face for Dutch fans is former goalkeeper, Hans Vonk. The tall shot-stopper was a slightly different proposition to other South African players in Holland by virtue of the fact he began his career in the country having been brought up there. Born to Dutch parents in Alberton, South Africa, it was not until just prior to the 1998 World Cup in France that Vonk switched allegiance to the nation of his birth, having played in one friendly game for Jong Oranje previously. It was then left to South African journalist, Peter Auf Der Heyde and Soccer News magazine, to make contact with Vonk who found the lure of playing at the World Cup hard to resist. He was at that time playing for Heerenveen for whom he played just shy of 270 games over two spells, but he also had two spells with Ajax (26 games) and RKC Waalwijk (just over 100 games), as well as a single spell for Den Bosch. He finished his playing career back in South Africa with the second of two spells back at Ajax Cape Town, with whom he also made just over 100 appearances.

Moving away from the Ajax theme which has featured so strongly in this piece, we move south to Rotterdam and, specifically, Feyenoord. De Club Aan De Maas’ relationship with South Africa can be traced back to 1975 when two brothers from Pretoria were signed by the Rotterdam giants. Steve and Geoff Wegerle made a total of 6 and 2 appearances for the club, respectively. Steve even managed 2 UEFA Cup appearances in the 1975-76 campaign after signing from Arcadia Shepherds in the South African capital.

And in more recent seasons, Rotterdam has seen South African influence on the local scene with the likes of Kamohelo Mokotjo and Kermit Erasmus. Mokotjo, who today plies his trade with FC Twente, began his Dutch career with Feyenoord in 2009 and went straight on loan to satellite side, Excelsior, where he made 25 appearances and scored once from midfield. This was the catalyst for his return to Feyenoord where he made a total of 35 appearances until 2013, when a lack of playing time and a recent call-up to the Bafana Bafana squad encouraged him to move on to PEC Zwolle. An impressive sole season at the club saw a return of 2 goals in 27 games and a subsequent move last summer to Enschede where he has been a regular in the Twente midfield three.

Erasmus, on the other hand, had only a short spell in the Netherlands after signing with Feyenoord  as an 18-year-old in 2008. The Port Elizabeth-born striker made 4 appearances for the Rotterdamers before going on a season-long loan to neighbours, Excelsior, where his return of 12 goals from 30 games, including one on his debut against Telstar, was deemed much more satisfactory. Upon his return to Feyenoord however, he was deemed surplus to requirements and moved back home to sign for Supersport United of Pretoria.

Pioneers such as Steve Mokone (Heracles 1957-1958), Mich d’Avray (NEC Nijmegen 1990-1992) and later players such as Glen Salmon (NAC Breda & FC Groningen 1999-2007), Stanton Lewis (Ajax 2006-2010), Daylon Claasen (Ajax 2008-2010) and Bernard Parker (FC Twente 2009-2011) have all played their part in today’s breed having their chances in the Netherlands. Kamohelo Mokotjo has been joined at FC Twente by Nhlakanipho Ntuli, the young Durban native who is this season gaining experience in the Jupiler League with Jong Twente. And there are also PEC Zwolle’s young South Africans – Dean Patricio and Ricky Lourenco – who will be looking to make their marks in the coming seasons. They were also temporarily joined at the club on trial by Capetonian midfielder, Fagrie Lakay, towards the end of 2014.

But it is perhaps best to end this piece by mentioning the South African whose current impact is surely the most noticeable. Ajax midfielder, Thulani Serero could well be leaving the Dutch borders this summer, with AC Milan rumoured to be strongly interested in acquiring his services. The 24-year-old Sowetan joined Ajax in 2011 and served time in the Jong Ajax side before graduating to making the holding role his own for the first team. It’s fair to say there was a collective sigh of relief from the F-Side when Bafana Bafana coach, Shakes Mashaba, did not announce Serero’s name in the AFCON 2015 squad for January / February. And South Africa’s loss has undoubtedly been Ajax’s gain as the defending Eredivisie champions look to close the 11-point gap between themselves and PSV.

South African and Dutch football have become ever closer in recent years and, with the likes of talented youngster Rivaldo Coetzee reportedly interesting Ajax, that doesn’t look like ending any time soon.


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EREDIVISIE: FC Twente 2-2 ADO Den Haag





It was an entertaining draw between FC Twente and ADO Den Haag with a couple of great goals, but sloppy defending was at fault for both sides. Either one of them could have taken the three points on the balance of the game, but a draw was a fair result in the end reports Jake Jackman.

FC Twente started the game very well, as some early pressure resulted in Kyle Ebecilio getting in behind the defence, but his effort was smartly saved by Hansen. The home side looked a lot brighter than they did in their opening weekend fixture as their passing looked more crisp and they looked like a team which could challenge near the top of the division. Kamohelo Mokotjo was making his first start for FC Twente and looked assured in midfield.

The home side continued to have the better of the play, but couldn’t find the final ball to create clear cut chances for Luc Castaignos, who should be one of the front runners to be top scorer of the Eredivisie this year. ADO Den Haag played the offside trap excellently in the opening passage of the game, catching their opponents offside frequently. Kasper Kusk came close to opening the scoring with a decent shot which forced a save from Hansen, before a free kick from Mokhtar also brought the goalkeeper into action. The pressure was building.

ADO Den Haag were thinking they could hold on until half time, but an excellent run from Mokotjo saw him exchange passes Ebecilio before slotting past Hansen. It was an excellent goal, and a show of individual skill from the South African. It was deserved, and the home side took a 1-0 lead into the break.

The second half started like the first did with all of the attacking coming from FC Twente, with Mokhtar looking very dangerous. Luc Castaignos had an early chance as he beat the offside trap, but the angle didn’t favour him and Hansen saved comfortably. Against the run of play, ADO Den Haag won a penalty after Michiel Kramer was fouled by Rasmus Bengtsson. Roland Alberg converted the penalty to equalise for ADO Den Haag. The home side nearly took the lead minutes later as Castaignos released Tim Holscher, but Hanson again made a good stop.

After the goal, ADO started to press more and get more of the possession. They took the lead in the 78th minute as Mike van Duinen headed home after his first attempt was saved, the chance came about after a strike from distance hit the post. FC Twente’s level dropped after the equaliser, therefore it wasn’t a shock to see them go behind.

It looked like ADO Den Haag would be able to hold onto the win, after defending excellently all match. However it wasn’t to be as Hansen punched the ball poorly straight to Shadrach Eghan the substitute, who fired the ball excellently into the bottom corner past the outstretched arm of the former Liverpool goalkeeper.

The home side had all of the momentum going into the final minutes of the game, as Torgeir Børven had a late chance, but he failed to score the winner. FC Twente will be disappointed they failed to win against ADO Den Haag, especially as the first goal was avoidable, but their level dropped from the first half, allowing the away side back into the game. The away side will be pleased with the point, but after having the lead, they will be disappointed they didn’t hang on after defending so well in the opening 45 minutes.


TWENTE: Marsman, Martina, Lachman, Bengtsson (Børven 83), Koppers, Mokotjo, Ebecilio, Hölscher (Eghan 66), Castaignos, Mokhtar (Ould-Chikh 82), Kusk.

SUBS NOT USED: Stevens, Schilder, Børven, Breukers, Andersen.

GOALS: Mokotjo 45+1, Eghan 86.

BOOKINGS: Mokhtar 41, Bengtsson 54.

ADO: Hansen, Malone, Zuiverloon, Wormgoor, Meijers, Alberg, Jansen, Kristensen, Houtkoop (Bakker 86), Kramer, Van Duinen.

SUBS NOT USED: Zwinkels, Kanon, Buwalda, Ebuehi, Owobowale, Merencia.

GOALS: Alberg 54, Van Duinen 77.

BOOKINGS: Alberg 79.

MAN OF THE MATCH: Kamohelo Mokotjo (FC Twente)


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Kamohelo Mokotjo – FC Twente grab a bargain

After a few weeks of rumours it is a done deal. South-African midfielder Kamohelo Mokotjo has left PEC Zwolle for FC Twente. They were not the only team chasing him. PSV and Ajax were more than interested and also some unknown clubs from the Bundesliga and Premier League wanted him but Martijn Hilhorst explains why…


Kamehelo Mokotjo and Alfred Schreuder – Image courtesy of FCTwente.nl

First of all because he was a bargain. In the previous season, he was one of the best players in the Eredivisie and he only costs €1.5 million. Before signing for PEC Zwolle, he played for Feyenoord, but the coach, then Ronald Koeman, did not see his potential which made him leave for the ‘Blauwvingers’.

Fans of Feyenoord were not happy with this move, because it was clear Mokotjo has something special in him. He is a player who combines his passing accuracy (89%) with a fantastic tackling percentage (91%). With latter percentage, he was the best tackler in the Eredivisie with at least 50 tackles and he also had the highest duel success rate from every midfielder with 64.3% (both via @OptaJohan).  Another statistic which speaks for him is that rarely makes fouls, because he is secure and patient with his tackling. That is why he only received one yellow card in the whole of last season as a defensive midfielder.

As you know the last few months have been undoubtedly the best in the history of PEC Zwolle with a staggering 5-1 win in the KNVB Beker final win versus Ajax and a few days back the victory in the Johan Cruijff Schaal with 1-0 also against the Amsterdammers. A few players at Zwolle are partially the reason for this success, but most of the job was done by this brilliant all-round midfielder. Because of this, it is weird that he that costs FC Twente the pitiful sum of €1.5 million and that clubs in per example, the Premier League have not been paying attention.

He now left them for Twente where he signed a 4-year deal and he will wear jersey number 22. Twente is in the feared category 1 financial-wise, which means that the financial situation is far from perfect. When you are in that category the KNVB have to approve every transfer you want to make.  Therefore, because of the €15 million they just earned from Quincy Promes’ transfer to Spartak Moscow they immediately could sign him up. He will most likely start this weekend versus Cambuur because of the departure of Quincy ‘The Promise’, Dušan Tadić and Felipe Gutierrez is absent due to injury.

Of the €1.5m sum, PEC Zwolle only receives around 900k, because when Mokotjo left Feyenoord they wanted around 40% of a future deal. So financial-wise and tactical-wise, it has been horrible week for Zwolle. Since his most-likely departure they are in talks with his possible replacement in the name of Ryan Koolwijk (ex-NEC), who is also in the interest of Swiss side FC Aarau. He could replace him, but quality wise, it would be an immense step back.

Kamohelo is a great midfielder, who is a great addition when in possession, or when you are chasing the ball. With his technique and ball control, he would not be a stranger in the way FC Twente plays. After this season many (international) clubs will realise what an enormous mistake they have made not to buy him.


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Oozing with confidence, PEC Zwolle head into the new Eredivisie campaign off some great success under the leadership of Ron Jans writes Will Burns.

A mid-table finish would have been deemed a success last season, after surviving relegation the season before and winning the Eerste Divisie the previous season to gain promotion back to the top flight. The two-year curse had been avoided finishing 11th. However, that was not all.

Zwolle had never won a major trophy in Dutch football and the highest they have ever finished in the Eredivisie is 8th, so the club were never described as a successful club, until last campaign. Ron Jans lead his side to the KNVB Beker final, the first time the side had been in the final of the competition since 1977. They were due to play Eredivisie champions Ajax in the final at De Kuip, Rotterdam. Not only did come away with their first ever trophy they sent the Amsterdam giants back home with the tail between their legs. The game finished 5-1 and PEC Zwolle was on the European football map.


Lightning never strikes twice, however, last Sunday, Zwolle did the unthinkable again. The Johan Cruijff Schaal was the prize and Ajax was once again the opponent, although this time the match was held in Ajax’s backyard, the Amsterdam Arena. Unbelievably, a solitary Stef Nijland goal gave Zwolle more silverware to polish as they prepare for a European adventure. The Blauwvingers had never ever won a major competition and then two come along at once.

The self-belief in Zwolle will be at an all-time high heading into the Eredivisie campaign. Although, losing defensive rock Darryl Lachman, creative midfielder Mateusz Klich and strikers Guyon Fernandez and Fred Benson will have damaged the squad, Sunday proved they still have a lot of quality in the team to hurt opponents. Jans has done well to replace the outgoings with defender Thomas Lam arriving from Alkmaar and defensive midfielder Ben Rienstra coming in from Heracles. Greek strikers Nikos Ioannidis and Dimitrios Ferfelis left clubs in Germany to join the Jans revolution, and although unproven, they both are well thought of in their homeland. The main factor to success this season will be keeping New Zealand international Ryan Thomas and South African midfielder Kamohelo Mokotjo (see Key Player) when the window shuts in September.

I predict that following Europa League group stage failure, Zwolle will bounce back in the Eredivisie to achieve their best ever finish, giving Ron Jans yet another great achievement and all the fans inside the IJsseldelta Stadion, more reason to celebrate.


IN: Boy de Jong (Excelsior), Dimitrios Ferfelis (TuS Koblenz), Thomas Lam (AZ Alkmaar), Ben Rienstra (Heracles), Nikos Ioannidis (Olympiakos).

OUT: Darryl Lachman (FC Twente), Fred Benson (Sheriff), Furdjel Narsingh (SC Cambuur), Giovanni Lutz (Sparta Rotterdam), Leon ter Wielen (Achilles ’29), Mateusz Klich (Wolfsburg).


What more can be said about this guy?  Held in the highest regard in Zwolle for working miracles with the football team, with Jans at the helm and some financial backing from the European fixtures, PEC Zwolle can only go from strength to strength.


The South African midfielder is best described as the ‘heart of PEC Zwolle’ as every move beats through him. He dictates play, defends the back four as well as linking up play to the attack. Mokotjo provided an excellent 89.2% passing success rate last season, and Ron Jans will be looking for more of the same to help fire Zwolle up the league and in their first venture into Europe. This is providing he stays in Zwolle, as a move to Ajax has been rumoured all summer long.





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Four Eredivisie players to help rebuild Southampton?

Like his former club Feyenoord, this past summer has seen Ronald Koeman’s new club Southampton of the Premier League totally diminished. The Saints have seen Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren all depart to join Liverpool, Luke Shaw has left for Manchester United and today, Callum Chambers signing for Arsenal.

Koeman has been left with a lot of rebuilding at Southampton and obviously, the Dutch coach knows the Eredivisie very well. This transfer window has already seen him raid Feyenoord to take Italian striker Graziano Pellè to St. Marys and Dušan Tadić has been recruited from FC Twente. Anyone watching the Dutch top flight over the last two seasons has saw Pellè and Tadić emerge as two of the very best the league had to offer, so it would not surprise anyone if Koeman will return to the league to boost his first team options.

Today, Will Burns looks at four potential targets in the Eredivisie that Koeman may wish to take to Southampton.

JEFFREY GOUWELEEUW (Central Defender – AZ Alkmaar)

Gouweleeuw is a 23-year-old defender who has over 100 Eredivisie appearances under his belt after quickly progressing through the youth teams at Heerenveen. He secured a move to AZ Alkmaar last summer and has excelled as a classy performer. For a 6ft 1in defender, he has outstanding feet with great confidence and has no doubts about carrying the ball out of defence. His excellent pace who fit in lovely with Southampton, breaking on the attack if needed, whilst also covering his colleagues at the back.

KAMOHELO MOKOTJO (Central Midfielder – PEC Zwolle)

Ron Jans stated that Mokotjo was the “buy of the summer” last year when the South African arrived from Feyenoord on a free transfer. Indeed he was, after helping Zwolle to their first ever KNVB Beker cup final in their 104 year history, they defeated the mighty Ajax 5-1. The 23-year-old is a hard-working, Duracell-bunny like midfielder who gives his all for the team and could shine in the hustle and bustle of the Premier League.

JORDY CLASIE (Central Midfielder – Feyenoord)

Once nicknamed ‘the Dutch Xavi’, this 22-year-old midfielder has incredible vision and awareness, allowing him to play chess on the field and think of his next move. After making lots of interceptions, Clasie rarely loses possession and has the ability to control a match with his sharp passing. A tough-tackler that would add some meat to the Southampton midfield.

JEAN-PAUL BOËTIUS (Winger – Feyenoord)

Boëtius is a speed winger who combines pace with technique and creativity; he panics full-backs with his marauding runs.  Game after game he is proving to be a rising star which in fairness, however, at 20 years old he possibly could do with another year at Feyenoord to gain more experience. Nevertheless, Koeman may decide his confidence and no fear approach may help out at Southampton this season. He combined tremendously last season with Graziano Pelle in Rotterdam, he could do the same in Southampton.


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Welcome to our weekly section at TotalDutchFootball.com – the Eredivisie Team of the Week. Below you will see our ‘Player of the Week’ also – each player will be allocated points and at the end of the season we will declare our ‘Player of the Season’. Each player will be given one point for being named in our team and the ‘Player of the Week’ will gain two points.


20130812 - Week 2 Eredivisie


Marco Bizot (FC Groningen) – In what seems a rarity, Bizot kept a clean sheet for Groningen this week as they kept up their 100% record. They have to thank Bizot at times, pulling off saves to keep his team at zero.


Santiago Arias (PSV) – The right-back, just signed for a snip from Sporting Lisbon looks to be fitting right in with the Eredivisie table-toppers. A strong performance helping the right wing in attack from the young Colombian.

Jeffrey Bruma (PSV) – Another excellent performance from the PSV man in the 5-0 win of NEC. Strikers Michael Higdon and Christoph Hemlein were kept at bay with ease by the big commanding central defender.

Darryl Lachman (PEC Zwolle) – The 23-year-old stormed forward with pleasure at times in the 3-1 win over Heralces and also put in some good blocks to intercept the Almelo attacks.

Xandro Schenk (Go Ahead Eagles) – A fantastic free-kick goal for the Eredivisie new boys earns him a spot in our team of the week.


Kamohelo Mokotjo (PEC Zwolle) – Another excellent display and scored a lovely goal in Zwolle’s 3-1 win over Heracles on Saturday.

Georginio Wijnaldum (PSV) – The new captain of PSV managed to go one better than last week and hit the net twice from attacking midfield.

Christian Eriksen (Ajax) – Although he tasted defeat against AZ and looked dejected after the game, he has to credited for yet another free-kick goal.


PLAYER OF THE WEEK Zakaria Bakkali (PSV) – A record-breaking five-star performance on Saturday and now the youngest player to ever score an Eredivisie hat-trick.

Romeo Castelen (RKC Waalwijk) – The returning Castelen scored his first Eredivisie goal for six years and was influential in his teams 4-2 victory over Vitesse Arnhem.

Marnix Kolder (Go Ahead Eagles) – His winning goal with ten minutes remaining on Saturday gave Go Ahead their first win on their return to the top flight.


Tjaronn Chery MF FC Groningen 1 2
Zakaria Bakkali ST PSV 1 2
Kamohelo Mokotjo MF PEC Zwolle   2
Christian Eriksen MF Ajax   2
Georginio Wijnaldum MF/ST PSV   2
Robbin Ruiter GK FC Utrecht   1
Ricardo Van Rhijn DF Ajax   1
Eric Botteghin DF FC Groningen   1
Jop van der Linden DF Go Ahead Eagles   1
Jetro Willems DF PSV   1
Andreas Kirm ST FC Groningen   1
Alfred Finnbogason ST Heerenveen   1
Xandro Schenk DF Go Ahead Eagles   1
Marco Bizot GK FC Groningen   1
Santiago Arias DF PSV   1
Jeffrey Bruma DF PSV   1
Darryl Lachman DF PEC Zwolle   1
Romeo Castelen ST RKC Waalwijk   1
Marnix Kolder ST Go Ahead Eagles   1



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Welcome to our new weekly section at TotalDutchFootball.com – the Eredivisie Team of the Week. Below you will see our ‘Player of the Week’ also – each player will be allocated points and at the end of the season we will declare our ‘Player of the Season’. Each player will be given one point for being named in our team and the ‘Player of the Week’ will gain two points.


20130805 - Week 1 Eredivisie


Robbin Ruiter (FC Utrecht) – In between the sticks we have FC Utrecht’s Robbin Ruiter, the 6ft 5in goalkeeper kept his team in the match against Go Ahead Eagles on many occasions and lead his team to a draw.


Ricardo van Rhijn (Ajax) – The right-back scored a wonderful goal for his side in their 3-0 home win against Roda JC.

Eric Botteghin (FC Groningen) – An excellent debut performance from the Brazilian who has just recently moved from NAC Breda earlier this summer.

Jop van der Linden (Go Ahead Eagles) – The 23-year-old showed the Eredivisie what he can do, with an tremendous double block and even smashing the post in the dying seconds of the game with a superb free-kick

Jetro Willems (PSV)See Van Rhijn but for PSV against ADO Den Haag


Kamohelo Mokotjo (PEC Zwolle) – An excellent display that kept Feyenoord’s Jordy Clasie and Lex Immers quiet throughout, also threatened at times.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK Tjaronn Chery (FC Groningen) – A goal and an assist showed the ADO Den Haag fans what they are missing, currently on a season-long loan at Groningen and will sign permanently in July 2014 when his current deal expires.

Christian Eriksen (Ajax) – Ran the show in Friday night’s 3-0 victory, a devastating set-piece display in the opening ten minutes.


Andreas Kirm (FC Groningen) – Like Chery, a goal and an assist that helped Groningen defeat NEC 4-1 on Saturday evening.

Georginio Wijnaldum (PSV) – The new captain of PSV seems to be settling in nicely scoring a brilliantly taken goal against ADO.

Alfred Finnbogason (Heerenveen) – The Icelandic hitman is back to his old tricks, scoring twice in an impressive 4-2 win over AZ Alkmaar.

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NEWS: Zwolle sign Mokotjo

Zwolle sign Mokotjo on a three-year deal

Defensive midfielder Kamohelo Mokotjo has signed a three-year deal with PEC Zwolle on a free transfer from Feyenoord. He is the first summer acquisition for Zwolle and the transfer will be made official on July 1st when the European Transfer Window opens.

The 22-year-old South African previously played for SuperSport United in his homeland before moving to the Netherlands in 2008 where he signed with Feyenoord, who subsquently loaned him to feeder club Excelsior.

Mokotjo states he is delighted with his move to Zwolle. “I was ready for a new challenge and I am happy with this opportunity.

“A few weeks ago the club showed some interest in me and after an initial discussion with Zwolle coach Ron Jans and technical director Gerard Nijkamp, I was positive that something good would happen.

“This season Zwolle have done well in all competitions. They also have a great stadium, a good vibe and big crowds that I can’t wait to play in front of,” he tells PECZwolle.nl

Nijkamp says he is pleased with their acquisition. “For PEC Zwolle, Kamohelo Mokotjo is a real asset. He is the type of player that we do not have. He creates the perfect balance in midfield and creates space. We are very happy that it has worked out as we have wanted this player for a long time,” he adds.



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