Brentford have signed South African international Kamo Mokotjo from FC Twente for an undisclosed fee, subject to international clearance. The 26-year-old midfield player completed a medical yesterday, Thursday 6 July, before signing his Brentford contract. Kamo has signed a three-year deal and will travel with The Bees to France at the weekend for the pre-season training camp.
Kamo has spent the majority of his professional career in the Netherlands. He started out at SunSport United and made his debut for them when he was just 17. A move to Dutch giants Feyenoord followed just past his 18th birthday and he spent four years with the Rotterdam side. Kamo spent his first season in Dutch football on loan at S.B.V. Excelsior and helped them win promotion to the top flight.
In three further seasons at Feyenoord, Kamo made 38 appearances in all competitions and moved to PEC Zwolle in the summer of 2013. In his only season at Zwolle he played 34 games in all competitions and helped them win the Dutch Cup – KNVB Beker – and the Dutch Super Cup – Johan Cruijjf Schaal. He joined Twente in the summer of 2014 and has been a regular in the team for the past three seasons.
Kamo captained Twente last season and heads to West London having played 105 games for them in all competitions. The midfield player made his South African debut in 2012 but retired from international football in 2016. He changed his mind earlier this year and played for South Africa in March against Guinea-Bissau. In total Kamo has six South Africa caps and has also represented his country at the Under-20 World Cup.
Rasmus Ankersen, Brentford FC Co-Director of Football, said: “We have been scouting Kamo for two years and we believe he is a perfect match to our style of play. We are really pleased that it was possible to come to an agreement with Twente this summer and especially that we could sign him early in the window. It means that he will be able to travel with the rest of the squad to pre-season camp on Saturday to take part in the important preparations for next season.”
Dean Smith, Brentford FC Head Coach, added: “I am pleased that we have been able to add Kamo to our group now he has become available. He is a player that we have been looking at for a while and we are sure he will fit into the system and style that we have here. Kamo is a defensive midfielder who can break play up, cover a lot of ground and use the ball intelligently. He is a player that will certainly add to the qualities we already have within the squad.”