Mphela ‘killing’ his ca­reer

CityPress - - Sport - TI­MOTHY MOLOBI ti­mothy@city­press.co.za

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.

PHOTO: SA­MUEL SHIVAMBU / BACKPAGEPIX

OUT OF SORTS Katlego Mphela is strug­gling to find a

team

PHOTO: SA­MUEL SHIVAMBU / BACKPAGEPIX

GATVOL Kwanda Mn­gonyama al­legedly wants out

of Sun­downs

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