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Mokoena reveals Pompey deal

Mokoena reveals Pompey deal

Blackburn Rovers and South African midfield player Aaron Mokoena has revealed he has agreed to join Pompey on a three year year contract.

Mokoena the South African captain is a combative midfield player who has been at Rovers for three seasons but has found it difficult to make the starting line up under boss Sam Allardyce. With the 2010 World Cup in his home country Mokoena feels he needs regular first team football to cement his place in the national team.

He told Rovers Radio 'I am going to Portsmouth, I am going there to play, it is what every player wants to do. I have decided it is time to move on for me. As we know we have a World Cup in South Africa and I have to play, I have to play week in, week out. So it is going to be a good challenge for me going to Portsmouth and we'll see how it goes.

As Rug just said to me on the phone, does this mean Paul Hart already have the job as we are agreeing deal already? Is the the kind of player we are going to be signing over the summer window to replace those who do not agree their new contracts which could possibly be on reduced wages?


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Date:Sunday May 24 2009
Time: 8:16PM


yeh players who can't get into Rovers first team... so next year another season of misery, but one where 40 points might not be near enough to stay up. So whats the next player we will sign gonna be, a Boro cant afford in the coka cola,..and sunderland not good enoughs for new manager and board. Oh and a couple of lower league potentials...
plymouth graham
24/05/2009 20:54:00
Seems a straight swap with Davis to me, another defensive minded player, the futures hardly looking sunglasses worthy is it?
24/05/2009 21:06:00
A bad start if we are signing players like him, i agree we will be looking at other teams squad cast offs and cheap fire sales from the relegated clubs.
24/05/2009 21:12:00
I wouldn't say just cos Big Sam didn't pick him therefore he is crap, after all these managers have their little whims don't they? I like the sound of combative midfield player (unlike Mullins who is just midfield as a statement of geography)
24/05/2009 21:31:00
Hammersmith, he is a very average midfield player, like Mullins, Diop, Hughes and Davis, he brings us nothing new and does not strengthen the squad in any way, look at his goal scoring record.
24/05/2009 21:36:00
The Axe as he is known was a great buy for us at the start. He battles hard and gives it everything but TBH his lack of ability was exposed on too many occasions. If I'm honest I'm not all that sad to see him go. Good luck next season lads hope you stay up.
durks de rover
24/05/2009 21:37:00
(unlike Mullins who is just midfield as a statement of geography) now that was good!
24/05/2009 21:47:00
just back - well not back, have to stay just outside of exeter at my bros again as cannot get a trian home as its too late - was not impress when i heard the rumours, are even less impressed now!
this to me suggests that hart is almost certainly getting the job, which also suggests that we are not being taken over this summer - or at least not being taken over by anyone that is going to look to bring in their own man/enable us to keep 'better' players... mokoena is a 'battler', sign of the times ahead methinks, then again at least he 'should' at least battle and want to battle for the shirt!
24/05/2009 23:38:00
i have to agree Rug.If this is to be confirmed then it looks like somebody is making plans for our team early. Storey? i think it might be PH.I expect we will get news soon of his appointment
25/05/2009 01:23:00
Wow, a top drawer signing if ever there has been one, I'd be scared, very very scared.
25/05/2009 03:03:00
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