Bafana Bafana midfielder Kamohelo Mokotjo has been released by Brentford FC a few days after the club fell short in their bid for promotion to the Premier League.
The English Championship outfit confirmed on Thursday that they had let go of the 29-year-old.
Mokotjo did not feature in the promotion play-off final against Fulham at Wembley Stadium on Tuesday as he has spent the better part of the past few months nursing injuries.
The player from Odendaalsrus in the Free State was previously listed among the “bargain signings” who could fit at English Premier League side Aston Villa.
Villa are coached by Mokotjo’ former coach at Brentford, Dean Smith,
who brought “Kamo” from FC Twente in the Netherlands to Brentford in 2017.
The pair worked together until 2018 before Smith left for Villa.
A player-coach reunion is already on the cards, with Smith targeting Brentford’s top scorer Ollie Watkins as he looks to reinforce Villa for next season.
Meanwhile, Brentford had hoped Mokotjo would feature in the play-offs, and the club had offered him a short-term extension after his initial contract expired on June 30.
Mokotjo spent three seasons in West London and has played 102 games in all competitions for Brentford, scoring six times. The former SuperSport United midfielder made 26 appearances in all competitions in the season that just concluded.
He has been a regular for Bafana, and played a sterling role in the team’s quarterfinal finish at the Afcon finals in Egypt a year ago.
Brentford FC head coach Thomas Frank gave a fond farewell to his former charge, saying: “Kamo has been superb for us over three years and now has the opportunity to take on a new challenge. [He is] part of the Brentford FC story and I hope we see him again.”