Cape Town - After handing Masibusane Zongo his debut for Platinum Stars on Wednesday, coach Cavin Johnson says the player's future is now in his own hands.
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Zongo made an appearance as a second-half substitute in the 1-1 draw with Mamelodi Sundowns.
The former South African U20 youth international was a promising talent emerging through the ranks at SuperSport United before off-field problems stunted his progress.
He gave a good account of himself in his 20 minutes on the pitch against the Brazilians, despite failing to make the most of a dangerous Tlou Segolela cross.
Johnson believes now that the player is getting a chance to prove himself in competitive fixtures, the ball is firmly in his court to prove himself once again.
"He is a good player but you will only be able to tell a player's mentality when he is in competition," Johnson was quoted as saying by KickOff.
Johnson adds that the player has dealt with his situation in a professional manner.
"I hope he can give back in the next season. The ball is in his court.
"Now we have done away that Zongo can't do this. Now Zongo is on the pitch, it's up to Zongo to see how far he can take 20 minutes."