Senong praises Downs keeper

SA National Teams

National under-20 team coach Thabo Senong showered a Mamelodi Sundowns goalkeeper with praise following his performances at the FIFA World Cup.

Amajita finished their World Cup group stage campaign with a 1-1 draw against Europeans Portugal, after they were beaten by Argentina and Korea Republic. They were knocked out and will be returning home this week.

Kubheka has been playing for National First Division side Cape Umoya United, but is on loan from Sundowns.

“He has been our pillar of our team, he has been consistent and he played a massive role to get us to the World Cup. He got injured in the second half against Argentina and you could see that without his presence and leadership the team loses a lot of confidence,” Senong said.  

“I’m happy that he had a man of the match performance today and we could have rewarded him by scoring a few goals, maybe win the match. So well done to him, and well done to the goalkeeping coaching staff as well. I think the future looks bright for him and so are the other players.

On his side’s exit, Senong said: “Our group was very tough, I must be honest, and I must say as a coach I have learnt a lot personally from every game. But most importantly I think our players have learnt because the future belongs to them and it was their platform to develop and I hope that our players can take these experiences and go further with their careers.”