Bafana Bafana & Sundowns star attracts interest from Qatari club

A Bafana Bafana and Mamelodi Sundowns star has become a hot commodity, with Qatari club Al-Wakrah joining a growing list of teams interested in his services.

The Arabian gulf football has been garnering so much attention lately because of its expansion and improvement due to its financial backing.

There has been an astronomical growth in the level of football in Saudi Arabia, Qatar and UAE. 

Following the footsteps of stars like Cristiano Ronaldo in Saudi Arabia, Qatar has welcomed big names like Marco Verratti, Philippe Coutinho, Julian Draxler, Rafinha, and Yacine Brahimi. 

South Africa could, in the near future, have a representative in the Qatar Stars League, with Al-Wakrah close to completing signing of Mokoena from Mamelodi Sundowns, according to reports in Qatar.

However, as per iDiski Times, Al-Wakrah’s interest has been dampened by Masandawana’s asking price for Mokoena’s services.

AL-WAKRAH JOINS A HANDFUL OF CLUBS INTERESTED IN MOKOENA

The Qatari club joins several clubs who’ve been sniffing around Mokoena including Egyptian giants Al Ahly SC, Bournemouth and others unnamed in Europe.

While some of the aforementioned clubs were said to be following the free-kick specialist, they never went as far as enquiring.

Interest in Mokoena intensified after his sensational displays at AFCON with Bafana Bafana. 

Teboho Mokoena, the former SuperSport United midfielder, earned a place in the Team of the Tournament, alongside his South African teammate, Ronwen Williams.

Mokoena played a big role, helping Bafana secure a bronze medal. He scored two goals in a tournament – against Morocco in the quarterfinals and Nigeria in the semifinals.

Alongside Siphephelo, Mokoena was a key figure for Bafana Bafana at the continental showpiece. The duo has formed a strong partnership in the middle of the park for Hugo Broos' team.

LOCKED IN CONTRACT TALKS WITH SUNDOWNS

Meanwhile, Mokoena and Sundowns are reportedly locked in contract negotiations. The club is looking to tie the midfielder to a new contract.

Mokoena’s current contract will run out in June 2026, however, he’s one of the players that Sundowns are doing their utmost to keep as they aim to maintain themselves as a continental force.

The club is also building a strong team for the upcoming FIFA Club World Cup in 2025 in USA. 

Mokoena signed for Sundowns in 2022 and has featured for the side in 92 matches, scoring nine goals and providing seven assists.

The Brazilians are still going to make calls on the contracts of Themba Zwane, Denis Onyango and Jody February whose contracts are expiring at the end of June.

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