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Mokoena is South Africa’s driving force

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funny. There are similarities with Portsmouth and South Africa. Nobody is expecting too much, Mokoena, who like many of the hard up club multi national squad is up for sale, told Reuters buy canada goose jacket at the club training ground this week.

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Mokoena is passionate about the good that football brings to young Africans and acknowledges that it helped him escape the daily hardships of the townships.

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allowed me to leave the country at a young age and experience new cultures and experience a different life. It provided me with a different education and made me mentally very strong and single minded.

When he hangs up his boots Mokoena intends to enrol in law school and concentrate on his Foundation which aims to promote health and education through football in South Africa.

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First, though there is there small matter of stopping the likes of Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard in the Cup final in what could well be his last game for Portsmouth.

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