SuperSport's Mbule tipped for bright future
JOHANNESBURG 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-yearold," 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.