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Mokoena officially confirmed

Mokoena officially confirmed



Aaron Mokoena claimed, what, some 2-months ago or more that he had signed for Pompey - we waited, and waited and waited but were never given anything official, either confirming or denying these 'reports'.

His agent made noises every now and again, but still we never heard anything from the club.

Upon Paul Hart's arrival, still nothing, but on Monday with something he told The News he seemed to confirm his arrival, saying that we had sorted out the visa problems that were holding up things and was now part of our side. Still, nothing official though!

But now, finally it has been officially confirmed on The Pompey Site that the South African international has indeed joined Pompey on a Bosman after his contract with Blackburn expired, signing a 3-year contract.

Hart said: 'He's really looking forward to coming here and we're looking forward to seeing him play.

'I watched him play for South Africa in the Confederations Cup over the summer and he did great.

'Aaron's a strong player who bites in the tackle and he's the sort of character we're going to need in the coming months.

'He can play in defence or in midfield but I mostly see him as a midfielder. We've done extremely well to get him here. I'm really pleased that he's joined.'

Like it or not, big enough name or not, the simple fact is that he has signed for us - if he gives us 100%, as it is believed he will, then that is good enough for me, getting 100% from those that pull on the blue shirt is all I ask!

Now we just wait and see where 'The Axe', as he was called at Blackburn, will play? Will he be a central defender, or another defensive minded midfielder, it does appear the latter though...

All that remains to be said is... Chixy, how is it the Mokoena song goes again?

PLAY UP POMPEY!


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Writer:pompeyrug
Date:Friday July 31 2009
Time: 9:54AM

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This is good news, i posted the article and pic from the OS the forum bout 10 mins ago.
PompeyFcMad
31/07/2009 09:58:00
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Happy he's here and signed. Not a Muntari or Diarra but a good solid prem performer with experience and probably a bit of leadership. Not sure he'll fit in as first choice if Diop and Basinas are fit - but then may be PH doesn't expect either to last the season or indeed every 90 mins. What I don't get is that having : Hughes, Mullins, Mokoena, Diop and Basinas - why are we even wasting our money to keep trialling Bopp?
jim4pompey
31/07/2009 10:14:00
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Good that he finally signed. I wasn't very thrilled when watching him playing in the Confeds Cup, but his team done well, especially against Spain and Brazil, which both have strong attacking set ups. So, he might be a good addition to the squad. I see him mainly as a replacment for Kaboul and Distin, but can play also in midfield as I do not see the Hughes-Mullins combination working any more this year. Also, having an International captain, isn't bad at all.
Pompey Malta
31/07/2009 14:18:00
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Lets hope he turns out well - with Basinas in the frame as well and Diop back from injury our midfield is looking a bit less depleted. I read in The News that it was very much Hart who persuaded him to come and sold the club to him - so those who worried that Hart might not be able to pull players in - perhaps he can after all?
tracyc
31/07/2009 19:11:00
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Ummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
pentonpompey
01/08/2009 07:43:00
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