Mokoena finally signs deal with Wits
AARON Mokoena has signed a two-year contract with Wits after protracted negotiations with his English club, Portsmouth.
The player's talks with the club ended this week with a small payout to the former Bafana Bafana captain in lieu of the year remaining on his contract.
Mokoena, 31, was among a handful of well-paid stars Portsmouth were trying to off-load in the wake of their bankruptcy and relegation to the third tier of English football.
The club's wages bill had crippled it.
A settlement agreement has left Portsmouth with only eight senior players as they head into the new season.
But it has allowed Wits to go ahead with their offer and tie Mokoena down for the next two seasons.
He joins Thomas Sweswe, previously of Kaizer Chiefs, as a new arrival in defence.
He will probably line up for tomorrow's Gauteng Cup game in Atteridgeville.
Wits have had an unusually hectic pre-season with the firing of coach Roger de Sa and a major overhaul of their squad in a sign of heightened ambitions by the 2010 Nedbank Cup winners.
The other new signings who will work under new coach Antonio Lopez, are Matthew Pattison, Ayo Oluwafemi, Thokozani Mshengu, Tinashe Nengomasha, Tlou Molekwane, Ofentse Nato and Robert Ngalande.