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Ten things about Kamo Mokotjo

Get to know our latest summer signing

7 July 2017

-       Kamohelo (Kamo) Mokotjo was born on 11 March 1991 in Odendaalsrus, Free State, South Africa, a small mining town 150 miles South-West of Johannesburg.

-       He left home at the age of 12 to further his football career and later that year captained South Africa to victory at the 2003 Danone Nations Cup in Paris.

-       After coming through the ranks with SuperSport United he made his professional debut as a substitute in December 2008. That would prove to be his only appearance in his native South Africa as he joined Feyenoord the following summer.

-       He was immediately sent out to Excelsior on loan, going on to make 30 appearances as the Rotterdam club earned promotion to the Eredivisie.

-       Over the next three seasons under Ronald Koeman at Feyenoord, Kamo appeared 38 times before departing in 2013 to join PEC Zwolle.

-       His first season at the Bluefingers proved to be a huge success both personally and for the team. He missed just seven games all season and played almost every minute as PEC won the KNVB Cup for the only time in their history. He contributed an assist in his final appearance for the club, helping them to win the Johan Cruijff Schaal.

-       A move to FC Twente followed shortly where he made 41 appearances during his first season, playing all-but 187 minutes of their campaign.

-       While they were both at the club, Kamo’s fifth floor neighbour in his appartment block was Andreas Bjelland, who was Twente captain at the time, before his move to Griffin Park.

-       Internationally, Kamo made his debut for South Africa in September 2012 but had to wait more than a year for his second cap which came in a win against Spain in late 2013. After making just three more appearances in the next two years, he announced his international retirement in 2016 but, after a year in international exile, returned to play for his country against Guinea-Bissau in March.

-       Last season, Kamo completed more passes than any other midfielder in the Eredivisie as Twente finished seventh, their best finish since 2014. His performances at Twente saw him pick up the nickname of The General.

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