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Teboho Mokoena: The gem Sundowns forgot to polish

Walter Steenbok was so sure he had unearthed a gem for his then-employer Mamelodi Sundowns in 2014.

The future of the 17-year-old boy was just as clear as a bell. In his eyes, without a shadow of a doubt, there was a diamond in the rough that could quickly become the next best thing for the Brazilians.

Twice, Steenbok, an author of a book on scouting, has described Teboho Mokoena the same way, using the same terms and names as he falls short of saying the boy was an unused engine with low miles on the clock. All he needed was someone to harness his raw talent and bring the best out of him.

“At that age, I saw a fusion of Doctor Khumalo and Sunday Oliseh – he could play number 10, he could play 6 or 8,” Steenbok tells FARPost. Read More…

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