Lebohang Mokoena

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Lebohang Mokoena
Personal information
Full name Lebohang Lefalamang Paul Mokoena
Date of birth (1986-09-29) 29 September 1986 (age 27)
Place of birth Soweto, South Africa
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Right-winger,
Club information
Current team
Mamelodi Sundowns
Number 23
Youth career
Diepkloof Hellenic
Kliptown Ajax
Orlando Pirates
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2009 Orlando Pirates 98 (13)
2009– Mamelodi Sundowns 62 (8)
National team
2005– South Africa 8 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 November 2012.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19 July 2011

Lebohang Mokoena (born 29 September 1986 in Soweto, Gauteng) is a South African football (soccer) player for South African Premier Soccer League side Mamelodi Sundowns and South Africa.

Mokoena is known for his pace and dribbling ability, and is most commonly found playing upfront or on the right wing. He has no relation with former Portsmouth FC player Aaron Mokoena.

Early beginnings[edit]

Mokoena started playing football at the age of eight, playing football in the streets of his birthplace, Diepkloof in Soweto.

While growing up, Mokoena excelled in other sports athletics. He had a keen interest in sprinting and broke records in the 100, 200 and 800 meter events at his Primary school. Mokoena began playing football for his local team, Diepkloof Hellenic.


Mokoena's arrival into the professional ranks was promoted to the first team at the age of seventeen. He made his PSL debut coming on as a substitute in the 2–2 draw away to Santos on 1 November 2003, going on to play twenty-four matches in that season, starting eleven and coming off the bench thirteen times; he netted five goals.

In the next season (2004–05), his efforts were rewarded when he won the club’s Most Improved Player of the Year award.

In 2006 Lebohang was promoted to orlandco pirates senior team where he spent three seasons, before moving to Pretoria side Mamelodi Sundowns.Which he currently plays for, but hasn't made much of an impact due to injuries.

National career[edit]

Mokoena is one of a few young players in the country who has the record of having represented his nation at all levels starting with the Under-17 (14 caps), U-20 (2 caps) and he was a regular figure, and one of the top goal scorers, in the U-23 squad.

"Cheeseboy", as he is nicknamed, made his international debut in a 2–1 win against Mexico during the CONCACAF Gold Cup in the United States on 8 July 2005.