The 20-year-old Japhta featured for Ea lla Koto’s first team over the weekend when they faced National Frist Division side Royal Eagles in a friendly and his performance on the day prompted Ernst Middendorp to keep him in the senior squad.
Japhta, who can play as an attacking midfielder as a striker, is delighted with the promotion and already has his sights fixed on the national team.
“I am delighted to have been promoted to the first team. I never doubted my abilities, but this came as a complete surprise to be honest. I wasn’t expecting it to happen so soon. The hard work starts now, so I will continue to work hard. My goal is to one day play for Bafana Bafana,” Japhta told the club’s official website.