Heredia defends young Mabokgwane

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After making his second appearance in Brazilians colours this season, in the absence of Brian Baloyi, Mabokgwane received a baptism of fire from the rampant Ea Lla Koto strikers led by Zimbabwean international Kingston Nkhatha, who scored his first goals in South African football.

Heredia says his young goalkeeper doesn’t deserve to shoulder the blame for Sunday’s defeat at Super Stadium in Atteridgeville.

“The first two goals were difficult to stop as they were one-on-one situations and the other two had a chance to beat any goalkeeper in the world.

“You must also remember that the youngster has not been playing this season and this was his second game for Sundowns. I still rate him as the third-best young goalkeeper in the country after Itumeleng Khune and Senzo Meyiwa.

“I am sure once Jackson gets his full chance, people will see the best of him. It is also good that he is surrounded by experienced goalkeepers like Calvin Marlin and Brian Baloyi; so he is learning a lot from them.”