Mokotjo announces 'retirement' from international football

Mokotjo took to social media to announce that he will not avail himself for future call-ups as he continues to battle for game time under Shakes Mashaba at Bafana Bafana

FC Twente midfielder Kamohelo Mokotjo has announced his retirement from international football until circumstances change. 

The 25-year-old cited his lack of game time under Shakes Mashaba as the main reason behind his sudden retirement.  

Mokotjo launched a scathing attack on Mashaba on Monday, saying the Bafana head coach only selects him to silence the critics and it also became clear that he was considering his future with the South African national team.

Here is Mokotjo's full statement as posted on his Instagram account on Tuesday.

"To all the die-hards of SA football, the people that spent their hard earned money to come and watch us, the supporters," he started out on a post which features his surname on a South African flag.

"I write this letter with a heavy heart.

"As you all know, I have for my entire and ongoing career devoted my life to the game of football - proudly representing the country at junior and senior national team levels.

"I have always supported the cause to improve our game in South Africa and ensure we do well in all competitions.

"I have gracefully honoured every call-up and always have given my best whenever presented with the chance to don the national team jersey.

"It is very unfortunate that current circumstances are not conducive to for me to break into the Bafana line-up and I respect the decisions of the technical team led by coach Shakes Mashaba.

"I hereby wish to notify you all that I will not honour the national team call-ups in the near future until circumstances change."

"I also wish to extend my heartfelt gratitude to my teammates - my fellow soldiers who have supported me throughout; trust me our paths will cross again," he continued.

"Thank you to my family, friends, members of the media, sponsors, coaches I've played under and all those that have backed me through these trying times.

"I'm optimistic that things will change and I will proudly wear the Bafana jersey again one day.

"I will continue working hard as a footballer and ensure that I improve my game so that I can one day be able to don the Bafana jersey with pride and represent the country in our quest to reclaim our number one position on the continent.

"Please respect the decision I have taken. It was not an easy one as I love my country with all of my heart.

"I will continue to be the number one fan of South African football for the rest of my life.

"Once again, endless gratitude to the South African Football Association for the opportunity and my fellow teammates for the times we've shared.

"It has been an honour and a dream come true representing my country."