Ex Bafana Bafana Player Naughty Mokoena Regrets and Apologises for 1998 FIFA World Cup Incident

Ex Bafana Bafana Player Naughty Mokoena Regrets and Apologises for 1998 FIFA World Cup Incident

Keba Mothoagae
  • The chapter on one of South African football's most infamous moments has finally been closed after a quarter of series
  • Former Bafana Bafana player William "Naughty" Mokoena has apologised for an indiscretion that derailed his career while on international duty
  • He and another former teammate Brendan Augustine were sent home from the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France after breaking curfew while out drinking

Closure has come on a controversial moment in South African football going back nearly 25 years ago.

William "Naughty" Mokoena has apologised to the nation after a costly off-field mistake that altered the course of his career and would become the subject of discussion and debate for many years to come.

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William "Naughty" Mokoena has apologised to the nation for his infamous indiscretion. Image source: @MarawaSportShow & TimesLIVE website.
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During Bafana Bafana's debut at the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France, he and teammate Brendan Augustine were kicked out of the squad by former coach Philippe Troussier after breaking curfew. The duo had been out drinking in Vichy where the team was based.

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Speaking to Robert Marawa on Marawa Sports World, Mokoena said:

“It was a stupid thing to do. It was very irresponsible of me. I do regret it. Sometimes even now I still think of that thing and what happened in France. But now I'm trying to figure out how I can convince young players not to do what I did."
“For me it's water under the bridge because I have a new lease of life now. I just opened a Naughty Mokoena Foundation, so I can't be stuck in the past.”

During the tournament, South Africa lost its first match 3-0 against eventual champions France. Quinton Fortune scored the nation's first-ever goal in the global showpiece in a 1-1 draw with Denmark. Shaun Bartlett struck twice in a 2-2 draw against Saudi Arabia as Bafana bowed out of the tournament.

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