Pompey await Mokoena visa outcome

Aaron Mokoena was held up in South Africa after returning home for international duty
Aaron Mokoena was held up in South Africa after returning home for international duty
Pompey boss Kenny Jackett has been looking for the right blend of youth and experience. Picture: Joe Pepler

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Steve Cotterill was today hoping to learn the outcome of Aaron Mokoena’s work permit situation.

The Blues skipper has been stuck in South Africa since last week, waiting to renew his visa to allow him back into England.

Mokoena was back in his homeland for South Africa’s home friendly with Kenya.

The timing of the issue has drawn criticism from Pompey’s manager, who was without Mokoena for the trip to Doncaster as a consequence.

As it was, replacement Ricardo Rocha helped the Blues chalk up a 2-0 victory – their first win in 11 matches in all competitions.

It was also just Pompey’s fourth clean sheet of the season.

Yet the timing of Mokoena’s absence still rankles with Cotterill.

The Blues boss believes the former Blackburn man should have sought to renew his work permit during a recent two-match ban.

Pompey’s players are due back in training today, having been given yesterday off.

And Cotterill will discover more on whether Mokoena can now be considered for the Fratton Park visit of Barnsley this weekend.

He said: ‘He had better hope it is sorted out.

‘I think that potentially he might have been able to get this sorted out a couple of weeks ago when he was suspended.

‘So I’m a little bit disappointed about it and slightly annoyed.’