Local News 2.8.2016 10:48 am

Mphahlele: I had butterflies

Ramahlwe Mphahlele during a press conference at Kaizer Chiefs Village, Naturena. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images)

Ramahlwe Mphahlele during a press conference at Kaizer Chiefs Village, Naturena. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images)

Kaizer Chiefs defender Ramahlwe Mphahlele admitted having butterflies on his debut for Amakhosi against Orlando Pirates in the Carling Champion Cup played at the FNB Stadium last Saturday.

The former Mamelodi Sundowns captain was voted in by the fans in the second half.

“Obviously it was a big game, Chiefs and Pirates – one of the biggest games in Africa. When I saw my name I thought to myself this is my chance to taste the derby. I was very happy and at the same I had butterflies,” Mphahlele said in an interview with the SABC.

“Yes I’ve played against Chiefs and Pirates, but to be it was my first time. As a kid I used to watch the Soweto derby on TV and now that moment I’m there playing at one of the biggest derbies in Africa.”

Mphahlele revealed that his move to Naturena was a very difficult one for him, having spent so much time at Downs, and it was a bit emotional.

“It was very hard decision to make, that is why I took a decision in the last five days of my contract. So, it just tells you that it was a very hard decision to make. With the respect the club has given me and the way I love the team, the relationships I created there, it was very hard. It was not just about me packing my bags and leaving,” he added.

“You get to a stage where you feel like you’re a son and there is a father in the coach, the president and the assistant coaches.”

It was a perfect debut for Mphahlele though, helping Chiefs win the Carling Cup against their neighbours with a 2-0 victory.

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2 Arrows 5 10
3 Orlando Pirates 4 8
4 Cape Town City 5 8
5 Polokwane City 5 8
6 Chippa United 3 7
7 Bidvest Wits 3 7
8 SuperSport United 5 6
9 Platinum Stars 4 5
10 Highlands Park 4 4
11 Maritzburg Utd 5 4
12 Baroka FC 5 4
13 Ajax Cape Town 4 2
14 Free State Stars 5 2
15 Sundowns 1 1
16 Bloem Celtic 3 1