U23 Afcon was what I needed to rejuvenate my domestic game: Mokoena

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Stirred by his fine exploits at the Under 23 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt over the past two weeks, SuperSport United midfield jewel Teboho Mokoena says the tournament was just what he needed to inject more aggression into his domestic game.

Mokoena wore his heart on his sleeves, helping David Notoane’s side qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games and was chiefly a hero against Ivory Coast when he rifled home a superb free-kick from range to earn the side their first three points at the tournament.

Mokoena says playing at a major international tournament like the Olympics is a dream he, together with his Bethlehem homeboy and United teammate Sipho Mbule have harboured for years, and believes their participation in Japan will serve as the perfect inspiration for the younger generation in their native eastern township of the Free State.

More often than not, South African football has produced similar promising talents to that of Mokoena over the years, only to fall by the wayside. Given his discipline and appetite to succeed, the 22-year-old has, however, proven to be the real deal for the future.

Mokoena is the son of the late Free State Stars and Hellenic midfielder Alexis “Didi” Motaung. Report by Tumi Gabonamong