Cape Town - SuperSport
United development product Sipho Mbule is being backed for a successful
future in the game after shining for the senior national team.
The teenager was one of several players given their first Bafana
Bafana caps by national team coach Stuart Baxter, who has been using an
experimental and youthful side in the Chan qualifiers.
He took the opportunity with both hands, putting in a fine display in
South Africa's 1-0 win over Botswana, also helping to set up Ryan
Moon's winning goal.
Matsatsantsa CEO Stanley Matthews has now backed the young midfielder
to follow in the footsteps of another SuperSport academy player, Teboho
Mokoena, who made his breakthrough into the PSL last season.
"He is very mature for a 19-year-old," Matthews told the Mail and Guardian.
"He is one of many development players that we are bringing up
gradually into the first team because he is ready for the
responsibilities of professional football.
"Teboho Mokoena, at 20, has already become a crucial member of the
first team. Now, Mbule has proven his credentials at the highest level
too," he added.
Mbule says Baxter, who coached at SuperSport last season, played an
important part in helping him make a smooth transition to the national
"The coach gave me certain responsibilities, but also emphasised that
I must play to my strengths and I should not worry about making
mistakes, because that is normal and part and parcel of the game," Mbule
"I think that is why I performed the way I did. I am not satisfied,
though. In fact, I am now hungrier for more success. The victory, which
was a team effort, has inspired me to work even harder."