Mphela ‘killing’ his career
From France Ligue 1 sides Strasbourg Alsace and Stade de Reims to big-name locals SuperSport United, Mamelodi Sundowns and Kaizer Chiefs – to nowhere.
That seems to sum up Katlego Mphela’s career that was once promising – and is now stalling.
Mphela’s off-the-field shenanigans seem to be the cause of this.
He has been hogging the headlines for non-football-related reasons and now finds himself without a club. After being rejected by University of Pretoria and Polokwane City, the one-time Bafana Bafana striker is struggling to find a new home. Even his agent Glyn Binkin seems to have thrown in the towel.
Binkin was noncommittal when asked about Mphela.
“I really don’t want to get into any discussion about him. “Suffice it to say that it is very sad to see someone who had huge potential in soccer fall from grace because of personal choices he has made,” he said.
It was actually not that long ago that the 30-year-old striker was considered hot property in the South African football industry, particularly during his time at Mamelodi Sundowns.
Mphela’s fairly recent move to Chiefs failed to yield positive results and he was given his clearance papers last month.
After being given the boot by Chiefs, Mphela surfaced at Tuks last month. But the club has not given him a deal, as he failed to pitch up for team training. Mphela then tried his luck at City, where he also failed to impress.
City Press has learnt from reliable sources that Mphela approached Polokwane City without his agent’s knowledge.
Meanwhile, after failing to get a deal at New York City, former Kaizer Chiefs captain Tefu Mashamaite could join Mamelodi Sundowns. Sundowns’ technical director Mike Ntombela did not rule out the possibility of signing Mashamaite.
Sundowns have not found a replacement for Alje Schut and Mashamaite could be an ideal fit.
But Ntombela said they had not had discussions with Mashamaite.
“We had a defender from Uganda and he did not make the grade so we are still searching. For now we will use Thabo [Nthethe] and Ramahlwe [Mphahlele] as our centre backs,” said Ntombela.
City Press has also learnt that defender Kwanda Mngonyama wants out of Sundowns.
This was after coach Pitso Mosimane said he did not think that the defender was good enough to replace Schut.
According to a Sundowns insider, this statement did not go down well with Mngonyama, who has since asked to be shipped out.
The source said Mngonyama, who was with the national Under-23 side in Zimbabwe last weekend, refused to join the club in Namibia on his return.
But Ntombela denied this, saying the player had family commitments. “He is back at training,” said Ntombela. Mngonyama was twice sent out on loan, to Bidvest Wits and Maritzburg United, where he won the player and players’ player of the season awards, respectively.
OUT OF SORTS Katlego Mphela is struggling to find a
GATVOL Kwanda Mngonyama allegedly wants out