Bafana Bafana legend Aaron Mokoena celebrates his 39th birthday on Monday and Briefly.co.za takes a look at his impressive career.
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Aaron Mokoena is one of Mzansi's greatest footballers.
On 25 November, Mokoena turns 39 and Briefly.co.za relives his glory days in a short overview of his remarkable career.
It should come as no surprise that Mokoena was able to rack up the most caps for Bafana Bafana considering the early start to his career.
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Mokoena was an early bloomer and played in Europe for Bayer Leverkusen and Ajax while still in his teens.
He also broke the record for the youngest player to do duty for Bafana when he featured in the 2000 Summer Olympics qualifiers at the age of 18.
Mokoena would go on to amass more than 100 caps and become captain of the national team.
After a few loan spells in Germany and then a transfer to Belgian side Genk, Mokoena earned his dream move when Blackburn Rovers signed him in 2005.
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Mokoena established himself as a key player in Mark Hughes' team at the base of midfield.
After a few good seasons, Mokoena found game time limited and signed for another English Premier League side in the form of Portsmouth in 2009.
Sadly, Mokoena grew frustrated with the situation at the club and they were eventually relegated into the third tier.
Due to their financial woes, Mokoena parted ways with Portsmouth and signed for Bidvest Wits in July 2012.
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