Mokoena declares: This is my year!

SuperSport United midfielder Teboho Mokoena says he’s surprised at how quickly his career has taken off over the last seven months.

Mokoena made his Bafana Bafana debut last weekend when Stuart Baxter’s side recorded a 2-0 win away to Botswana in a 2018 CHAN qualifier.

The 20-year-old only made his top-flight bow for Matsatsantsa in October last year, and then really burst onto the scene in the second half of the campaign, helping winning the Nedbank Cup.

On the international front, Mokoena took part in the U20 CAF African Youth Championship in Zambia and the 2017 FIFA U20 World Cup.

“I would say yes this was my year indeed,” he told the South African Football Association’s media.

“If you think about it, at the beginning of the season I did not have enough game time, but after my return from the U20 AYC in Zambia things changed and I started playing regularly at my club – starting in the CAF competition then followed it up with the league, and the Nedbank Cup and I proceeded to the World Cup.

“So I think all those opened the doors for me to find myself today at Bafana Bafana.”

Mokoena admits that success has come quicker than anticipated, and already has ambitions of making the Bafana squad for World Cup and AFCON qualifying games.

“To be honest I am very happy and excited to have been here because this is something I never thought I will achieve at this age. I see [playing for Bafana] as a blessing, and this is perhaps one of my proudest moments,” he said.

“It is a dream of mine to play in the AFCON and World Cup qualifiers, obviously it will be up to the coach but whenever he calls on me I will always give my best and give 120 percent.