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The Axe Could Leave Rovers

Blackburn Rovers midfielder Aaron Mokoena admits that he will quite possibly have to leave Rovers at the end of the season if he doesn't start playing regularly.

In his three-years at Ewood Park Mokoena has never been a permanent fixture in Mark Hughes' side and he has now become increasingly frustrated at this, and handed in a transfer request recently that was rejected by the club, but unless he can start playing regularly (as this will affect his place in the South African International side) he WILL leave Rovers.

Mokoena told the Daily Mail: "There was only one transfer request. They rejected it. Now it's about waiting to see what's going to happen.

"I emphasised that I need more games. If I can't get them with Blackburn, I would be better off leaving.

"My point was clear. I am captain of South Africa. I need to be playing.

"The manager said I should take it easy, that I would play and he gave me a couple of games. To be fair to him, he is in a difficult situation. We all want to play
."

The Axe sets of for the African Cup of Nations with South African (taking place in Ghana) next month so this will keep him out of the Rovers side for some time, however, at the moment he doesn't know when he will be leaving, but would like to leave at last as possible to enhance his playing chances with us.

He added: "Fifa rules say it's two weeks before and Blackburn have a busy schedule. I want to leave as late as possible.

"But we have a friendly in South Africa before we go to Ghana. He (South Africa coach Carlos Alberto Parreira) might need the whole squad for that game.

"If I am still playing here, I will be match fit
."

It is a difficult position for all concerned (Sparky, the Axe, and of course his main rival Robbie Savage) but he will only stay for a limited amount of time if he can't play more, but at this point in time it would look like his future could be away from Ewood Park, but this wont be until the summer (if he does leave.)


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Writer: Walker Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday December 23 2007

Time: 10:09AM

Your Comments

The Axe did prove his worth last season, but without wanting to be harsh given the choice between him and Sav, it is always likely to be Sav isn't it and if we had to lose one it would preferably be the Axe wouldn't it, however Sav isn't getting any younger is he!
Difficult times for Sparky.
Hughes Da Man
Is he still captain of the S.A. team?
Aamir
Yes he is dude.
Hughes Da Man
McCarthy's South African, isn't he? I think he'd make a decent captain.
Aamir
They didn't even select him for their African Cup of Nations squad dude, it still REALLY confuses me why they left out such a superb striker but that benefits us so I wont complain.
Hughes Da Man
Oh dear, oh dear. That's like leaving Kaka out of the Brazilian squad. Even though McCarthy isn't quite as good as Kaka!
Aamir
Benni has retired from International football then changed his mind soooo many times down the years that maybe they just had enough of him. His latest re-call was demanded, and even then there were some problems with late arrivals etc. South African may also be looking more to the future now also though?
Hughes Da Man
I've just read on Wikipedia that he's 30 yrs old! I thought he was about 27! I think you can keep him now! :) We'll have Santa Cruz instead.
Aamir
im tired of all this transfer talk and players sayin they want more games. they come out with all this stuff about how competition for places is healthy but then they want to leave when they dont get a game?! yeah aamir remeber the last striker you took from us your fat dumb manager didnt know how to play him and he was crap for you lot as a result.
durks de rover
If you mean Bellamy, that guy was just an accident waiting to happen. Nothing to do with Rafa.
Aamir
 

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