Teboho a rising star

2015-09-16 06:00
THE Harmony Sports Academy’s rising football star Teboho Mokoena signed a contract to play for SuperSport United. From the left are Hector Mokgadi (Harmony Sports Academy’s football manager), Pitso Mokoena (Harmony Sports Academy head coach), Teboho

THE Harmony Sports Academy’s rising football star Teboho Mokoena signed a contract to play for SuperSport United. From the left are Hector Mokgadi (Harmony Sports Academy’s football manager), Pitso Mokoena (Harmony Sports Academy head coach), Teboho

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Sports Academy soccer player Teboho Mokoena could be the next big thing after signing a professional contract with Premier Soccer League (PSL) giants SuperSport United. The budding star will start his professional career in the junior side of the Absa PSL three-time champions.

Mokoena impressed SuperSport talent scouts at the recent tournaments of the South African Football Association (Safa)/South African Breweries (SAB) inter-provincial staged in Pretoria and the international u.19 football staged in Durban.

Mokoena captained the Free State u.21 winning team that beat Mpumalanga by 3-1 to scoop the inter-provincial title for the second time in a row.

His sterling performance earned him a lucrative deal with SuperSport. The deal sees the youngster to begin the journey to follow in his father’s footsteps, Alexis Didi Motaung, who died in 2010.

The departed stalwart played for Free State Stars and had a lengthy stint at the now defunct Hellenic Football Club, which was one of the top clubs from Cape Town.

Kwanele Kopo, SuperSport United’s Academy technical head, said Mokoena would be promoted to the senior team of the Pretoria outfit. He said the youngster was already part of the SuperSport junior side, currently competing in the MultiChoice Diski Challenge, a reserve league of all 16 clubs playing in the elite division of the PSL.

Kopo said the youngster would upon finishing the gr. 12 final examination in November, immediately be moved to SuperSport.

Ensuring Mokoena will fit well into the team’s fold, Kopo said they had arranged that he trained with SuperSport’s junior team with the first training during the forthcoming school holiday. In the meantime, Mokoena continues training at the Harmony Sports Academy under the watchful eyes of mentor Pitso Mokoena.

SuperSport has beaten premiership opponents Bidvest Wits to sign the young lad after he had impressed the latter team during trials conducted recently.

“The SuperSport deal is a bonus to me. I went to the two competitions not expecting anything so big. This is an opportunity I’m going to cherish. I tribute all this to good guidance of Coach Pitso, who never stops emphasising the significance of discipline and hard work to succeed in life,” said the 18-year-old Mokoena. The young lad originates from Bethlehem and featured in school competitions, Sanlam Kay Motsepe u.19 and COPA Coca-Cola u.15

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