Has Mofokeng hinted he is joining an English team? – Football is same whether in Premier League or PSL

Relebohile Mofokeng's season has been almost perfect; he won the MTN8, Nedbank Cup and will have a chance to play in the Caf Champions League next season. It is a massive achievement for a 19-year-old who made his debut in South Africa's top-flight football barely a year ago.

The youngster played 38 matches for the club and his exploits have given him a chance to challenge for the Premier Soccer League's Young Player of the Season. 

To add icing to the cake, Mofokeng has finally made the senior national team for the ongoing 2026 Fifa World Cup qualifiers. He was part of the Bafana Bafana side that drew 1-1 with Nigeria in Uyo and with his qualities, coach Hugo Broos might give him his debut on Tuesday against Zimbabwe at the Mbombela Stadium.

The aforementioned achievement has seen the youngster reportedly attracting a couple of clubs abroad. The youngster is open to making an overseas move despite Broos warning against it, insisting the teenager should play in the Premier Soccer League for one more season.

Hugo Broos satisfied with Bafana Bafana's performance against Super Eagles
Hugo Broos (South Africa) schaut waehrend des Spiels der TotalEnergies CAF Africa Cup of Nations – 3rd place zwischen DR Congo vs South Africa, Stade Félix Houphouët Boigny am 10. February 2024 in Abidjan, Elfenbeinkueste. (Foto von Ulrik Pedersen/DeFodi Images) Hugo Broos (South Africa) looks on during the TotalEnergies CAF Africa Cup of Nations – 3rd place match between DR Congo vs South Africa at Stade Félix Houphouët Boigny on February 10, 2024 in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. (Photo by Ulrik Pedersen/DeFodi Images) – Photo by Icon Sport

Football is football whether in Premier League or PSL – Has Mofokeng hinted he is leaving?

Despite trending rumours about Mofokeng's future, the teenager insists no solid offer has been tabled and he is not aware of any interest from Europe.

“I don’t know anything about teams overseas looking at me, I am playing for Pirates and I am only focusing on Pirates,” Mofokeng told the media.

“If teams want me they will have to speak to the chairman, I don’t know anything. I am only playing for Pirates, I am not focusing on the rumours.”

Mofokeng, however, has hinted he is open to the move abroad and if a chance comes his way, he will definitely consider it.

“Football is football, it is the same, whether you are playing in the Premier League or the PSL, football is the same, nothing changes,” he added.

“It’s just the facilities they have there are different from here but everything else is the same.”

Steven Pienaar

‘Let my son go like Pienaar' – Mofokeng senior welcomes abroad links

Despite the likes of Broos advising against the move, the attacker's father Sechaba Mofokeng has a different opinion.

“I’ll be honest, and Rele knows; I’m praying that he can get a team in Holland for now,” he told SNL24.

“I said that he would only spend two years there before going to a big team. For me, Holland is the best country for developing players. 

“I will make an example and say Steven Pienaar when he left the PSL, he went to Holland. What happened after that? That is what I’m praying for, for my son. If he gets a team somewhere else, I’ll be happy but I told him he would only go there for two years, and after that, he must get a big team for us, then I’ll be the happiest man in the world.”

It is interesting to see whether Bucs will resolve to keep the youngster or sell him to the highest bidder abroad. 

Has Mofokeng hinted he is joining an English team? – Football is same whether in Premier League or PSL
Willis Sob

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