SAB U21 tournament opened doors for me, says Mokoena

SAB U21 tournament opened doors for me, says Mokoena
Teboho Mokoena of Supersport United challenged by George Lebese of Kaizer Chiefs during the 2017 Nedbank Cup match between Kaizer Chiefs and Supersport United at the FNB Stadium, South Africa on 22 April 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

by Austin Ditlhobolo

Friday Jun 23, 2017. 10:00

South Africa Under-20 international Teboho Mokoena says his promising career started when he played at the SAB U21 National championships.

The 20-year-old, who hails from Bethlehem, represented his home province, Free State at the 2015 SAB U21 National championships.

Mokoena is now looking forward to playing for his club, SuperSport United in the 2017 Nedbank Cup final against Orlando Pirates in Durban on Saturday.

“I have had a great year and the cherry on top for me would be winning the Nedbank Cup," Mokoena told SAFA Media.

"But when I look at everything else, I remain grateful to what the SAB U21 National championships did for me. That is where it all began.

"Not only was I introduced to football at a more competitive level, I had the opportunity of being part of the national U20 team, played under quality coaches, received life skills coaching and eventually made the move to SuperSport,” he added.

“This is why I always get excited when the tournament approaches because I know someone with the same dream and hunger that I had might also be as lucky as I was through the tournament.

"But the trick is always to do what you know, work hard, but also avoiding to try too hard to impress because that can lead to many mistakes."

Mokoena had a memorable 2016/17 season - representing South Africa at the 2017 CAF U20 Africa Cup of Nations and 2017 FIFA U20 World Cup finals.



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