Baxter predicts bright future for SuperSport United midfielder Mokoena

Matsatsantsa coach Baxter hailed his side's character following their 3-2 victory over Rise and Shine on Saturday evening

SuperSport United returned to winning ways on Saturday evening as they defeated Polokwane City in a five-goal thriller at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium.

Speaking after the game, SuperSport coach Stuart Baxter was a relieved man and hailed his side’s character on the night.

“It was very entertaining for the crowd and the viewers but not the sort of game that you want when you are the coach on the bench, (it was) far too exciting,” Baxter said post-match.

“I thought the boys played well. I thought they showed character. They showed character to play well, to get into the lead twice and then we gave away two very poor goals to allow a good team to get back into the game,” Baxter continued.

“And then I thought we showed character again to keep playing football. I thought the third goal was an excellent goal and It’s a great example of how we want to play the game,” Baxter added.

The 63-year-old was also full of praise for youngster Teboho Mokoena, who walked away with the man of the match award at the end of 90 minutes.

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“I think he was brilliant in the first 25 minutes. I think he’s got a lot to learn, but during the time where we had to fight, he fought as well,” Baxter said.

“He put his foot in and he challenged, he defended properly. So, he showed a bit of character as well and then he came onto a game again when we were passing it better,” Baxter continued.

“He onto the ball, and was interested in the ball. So, I think Teboho (Mokoena) has every possibility of being a very useful player for South African football in the future. He has got to be brought on nicely. So, I don’t want to pamper him too much,” Baxter concluded.