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So, has Mokoena signed then?

Rewind to Sunday 24th May and hours after the 2008/09 season ended with a lacklustre defeat at Wigan 'news broke' that Aaron Mokoena had signed for Pompey on a free - this news broken by the South African himself.

Silence from Pompey met this...

Mokoena uttered a few more things in the days after, including his thoughts on who was actually going to be our manager - he said 'he knew' it was going to be Paul Hart.

Silence, still, from Pompey on all of this...

Another twist with Wolves 'said' to be rivalling us for him?

Something most would not have minded! Whilst he probably is not as bad as most would think, to be fair he is the South African captain, the fact that he is another defensive midfielder without a great amount of 'technical ability' worried most of us.

Silence, once again, from Pompey met this...

So, more than a month later we are still none the wiser - have we signed Mokoena or not? Why are the club not commenting on this, if we have agreed a deal why are we keeping it so 'hush, hush?'

I would imagine that early in July will see confirmation of this as I would guess he will 'officially' become a free agent on July 1st so if he is signing he will officially sign then - then hopefully the club can actually give us an official line on this!


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday June 29 2009

Time: 7:47AM

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Rug, I thought Storrie had confirmed this in one of the recent articles in the news?
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29/06/2009 07:56:00

Don't really understand this supposed signing, coming as it did. Timing and all that. There might be a spinoff from it though with him being the SA Captain. Pompey Malta was on about a SA guy on friday called Siboniso Gaxa. Pretty hot RB by the looks of it. Stranger things have happened.
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29/06/2009 08:07:00

The hush is because of the major uproar there will be from the fans when you find out he is the stand out signing of the season perhaps.
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29/06/2009 08:16:00

you can tell your a spurs fan katie ;-)
not sure Gandor, maybe storrie had confirmed this, i must admit that i have tended to 'skim read' alot of things recently and might hjave skimmed passed him confirming his signing - either way tho why isnt this confirmed on the pompey site?
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29/06/2009 08:18:00

katie is dong the rounds on the site I see - she has popped up on VB a few times as well. absolute tool she is - I see this as a solid signing for you guys as he always puts in a shift but for creativity I am afraid guys he is limited.
Mikey D
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29/06/2009 08:57:00

The sad fact is that Katie could be right! By the time we get anything sorted this summer the transfer window will be almost closed and we will be looking to grab as many reject players as possible.
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29/06/2009 09:29:00

I'm just hoping that we have a number of signings lined up for when the takeover goes through and that we're not scratching around for players like Mokoena befoe the season starts. Why is it never easy being a Pompey fan?!
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29/06/2009 10:09:00

who bleedin nose.. he has been playin pretty well in the confed cup, and Sean Davis has left so there is a vacancy in that spot.
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29/06/2009 10:18:00

hmm, yep ive noticed that aswell Mikey D, all over the shop on vital. the thoughts 'attention seeking potty mouth' spring to mind as i find it hard to believe that someone could put as many 'profanities' in a sentance or two as she does if this isnt 'attention seeking'...
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29/06/2009 11:11:00

also were you happy or sad to see mokoena leave mate?
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29/06/2009 11:12:00

Acording to his wikipedia it says he will join Portsmouth on July 8th 2009.
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29/06/2009 13:19:00

Ahhh, tyhe if's, but's & maybe's!!! No doubt the tip of the iceberg that is the summer tx news!
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29/06/2009 13:33:00

Haha! Potty Mouth! I luv it!
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29/06/2009 14:07:00

Not really convinced this chap would add a great deal. I can only assume any deal would have been done with the a different expectation of budget and what we were aiming to achieve. He strikes me as being a solid, dependable chap, but fear we have a few of them. Either way I doubt he would have broken the bank.
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29/06/2009 16:26:00

I was utterly disappointed seeing Mokoena playing for SA as a centre back (his usal position is this). I would go for Gaxa if we had to get in a South African! But, if he has signed, he is on his way. Rug, Storrie mentioned nothing about him.
Pompey Malta
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29/06/2009 23:20:00

Ok Mr Rug, I will leave the Vital site quietly, apologies for the posts I made today before I saw your message above.
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30/06/2009 05:05:00

Katie, i have no problem with you coming on here if you want to 'talk' in a civilised way - i really cannot see the point, or need, to be swearing every other word, on here and most other vital sites, as this gives the impression - as does some of the posts made - that you are attention seeking and/or on the wind up...
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30/06/2009 08:40:00

What worries me is that a West Ham fan described Mullins to me in much the same way when we signed him - ie will put in a shift, but not much to offer creatively. I don't think we have signed him, I think he reached an agreement with Paul Hart to sign, but now it will be up to whoever the new man brings in.
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30/06/2009 17:44:00


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