SuperSport United youngster Mokoena has a bright future ahead, says Baxter

Matsatsantsa coach Baxter has lauded the talent of Mokoena, but warns against overhyping the youngster

SuperSport United booked their place in the Nedbank Cup semi-finals after defeating Kaizer Chiefs in a penalty shoot-out on Saturday evening.

Matsatsantsa coach Stuart Baxter rang the changes ahead of the encounter, but continued to give youngster Teboho Mokoena the nod, in the heart of the Tshwane-based outfit’s midfield, and the Amajita international did not disappoint.

Following Mokoena’s impressive display, coach Baxter hailed the midfielder’s performances in his debut season and he believes that the 20-year-old has a bright future ahead.

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"He is a talent,” Baxter told the media.

“He has had a lot of experience this year and it will be great for him in future,” Baxter added.

Mokoena is expected to be named in coach Thabo Senong’s upcoming Amajita squad for the Fifa Under-20 World Cup, and Baxter has stated that he will release the midfielder, if injuries will allow it.

"I would love to send him to the World Cup with the under-20s,” Baxter said.

“Our injury list will dictate if we can or we can't.”

Despite Mokoena’s rising star status, the 63-year-old has warned against overhyping the player’s talent.

"I really hope that we do not do with Teboho (Mokoena) what we do with a lot of talent in South Africa and that's to go totally overboard when he has played one game,” Baxter warned.

"And then he takes six months with his head up his backside and we then have to nurse him back to something like reality," Baxter concluded.