Aaron Mokoena to receive prestigious Green Jacket Award
Former South Africa captain and Kick It Out ambassador, Aaron Mokoena, has been recognised by the South Africa Ministry of Sport and Recreation at its annual awards ceremony in Sun City, South Africa.
Current Portsmouth captain, Mokoena, received the prestigious Andrew Mlangeni Green Jacket which is awarded to South African sporting legends. The award is named after one of the country’s heroes during its struggle for liberation who spent 26 years on Robben Island jail with Nelson Mandela amongst others.
Aaron’s nomination has been based on his captaincy of Bafana Bafana during its innaugural World Cup campaign, becoming the country’s most capped player in history, coupled with his work toward his charitable Foundation.
The Green Jacket is conferred to legends, every year, as part of the SA Sports Awards to outstanding individuals who have achieved and contributed immensely to sport in South Africa and its ethos of excellence and social cohesion.
Aaron said “I am thrilled at receiving such an accolade. This is the first time that the Green Jacket has been conferred and I am honoured to be one of the first South Africans to be bestowed with such a prestigious award. I am extremely proud and humbled”
South Africa’s Sports & Recreation Minister Fikile Mbalula has been leading the campaign to recognise excellence among the South Africa’s foremost sporting personalities.
He said: “We are recognising our sports heroes who have done a lot to bring us the sporting glory we’ve enjoyed over the years”