Brentford FC can confirm that Nikos Karelis and Kamohelo Mokotjo have now left the Club. The pair signed short-term extensions to contracts that expired on 30 June to take them through until the day after Brentford’s final game of the 2019/20 season, as per EFL protocol implemented due to the three-month cessation of fixtures because of the Covid-19 pandemic. With the campaign ending on Tuesday, Nikos and Kamohelo will now leave.
Nikos joined Brentford on a one-year deal in August as a free agent after leaving Koninklijke Racing Club Genk in the summer. The 28-year-old suffered a serious knee injury on his first start for The Bees, against Millwall in October, and made four appearances for the Club overall. He spent last season on loan at PAOK Football Club, in Greece, having played for Genk since 2016 and has also appeared for Ergotelis, Amkar Perm, in Russia, and Panathinaikos. Nikos has scored three international goals in 19 games for his country and has also played for Greece at Under-17, Under-19 and Under-21 level.
Kamohelo leaves at the end of his third season in West London and has played 102 games in all competitions for Brentford, scoring six times. He joined from FC Twente, in the Netherlands, in 2017 and, after starting out with SunSport United in his home country, also played in the Dutch leagues for Feyenoord and S.B.V. Excelsior. The midfield player has made 26 appearances in all competitions this season, scoring in the win at Wigan Athletic, as well as being a regular for South Africa. He appeared for his country in the Africa Cup of Nations last summer and now has 21 caps to his name.
Thomas Frank, Brentford FC Head Coach, said: “On behalf of everyone at Brentford FC, I would like to wish Nikos and Kamo all the best for the future. It has been a pleasure to work with them and they have given their all for the Club, on the pitch in the games they have played and in training, where their work has helped the group develop over the season. Nikos has been very unfortunate, and I wish him better luck with injuries in the years to come as he has proven his quality. Kamo has been superb for us over three years and now has the opportunity to take on a new challenge. They are part of the Brentford FC story and I hope we see them again.”