“THIS is it” for veteran sports presenter Walter Mokoena.
One of the stalwarts of Mzansi’s beautiful game has decided to hang up his SABC Sport mic.
According to insiders, Walter had tendered his resignation after 19 years of service at the public broadcaster.
The premier sports anchor, who joined the SABC in 1998, said his last game with the corporation would be the MTN8 final – for which the host province and date were yet to be announced.
Among his reasons for calling it quits, Walter said the “comfort zone” wasn’t for him.
Said Walter: “I enjoy challenging myself. I’m not quitting because I had issues, the SABC has been good to me and is the reason I’m the person I am today.
“I’d like to thank the public broadcaster for contributing to the person I’ve become. But I won’t be lost in the game, as I’m running a management company, through which we’ve signed an impressive list of players.”
Walter said he’d use his extra time on his deserving family.
“My daughters are growing up so fast, so they need me to be there for them,” he said.
“I’ve been spending most of my time in studio for all these years, so it’s about time I give my kids the attention they want as their father.”
According to Walter, he’d also join the University of the Witwatersand as a journalism lecturer from October.
His said his course would include teaching students about starting online newspapers, among other subjects.
“I’ll always be grateful to the SABC. The company allowed me to grow as a presenter and afforded me opportunities, including starting the Joburg Post, an online news site I run through the Pan African States,” Walter said.
“The SABC also allowed me to make mistakes and grow from them. So, it’s about time I contributed to mentoring young wannabe presenters.”
Walter also said he was pursuing his masters degree in politics at the University of Joburg.
Walter made history in 2006 by presenting all 48 of the World Cup games that were played in Germany.
“I’ve been privileged enough to present the Wimbledon final in 2001 (The Williams sisters’ final), the 2006 Rugby World Cup final, three Soccer World Cups (Germany, South Africa and Brazil) and 24 soccer finals in Mzansi,” said Walter.
“So, what more can a man ask for?”