Su­perS­port's Mbule tipped for bright fu­ture

Observer on Saturday - - Sport -

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.

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