Wanted: Killer Mphela

Katlego Mphela. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images)

Katlego Mphela. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images)

Football authorities, critics and fans around the country are looking for former Mamelodi Sundowns and Kaizer Chiefs striker Katlego “Killer” Mphela. The 30-year-old Brits-born former Bafana Bafana striker was last spotted training with Polokwane City as his football future remains bleak.

Killer has had no luck finding a home after being released by Amakhosi following a dismal campaign for the current league champions. Chiefs boss Kaizer Motaung revealed that Mphela was released from the club after failing to attend a number of “important events.” Mphela vehemently denied this.

He told a local publication that: “I actually wanted to leave Chiefs – my mind was made up a long time ago. I was not going to be anyone’s punching bag or second choice and I just wasn’t enjoying my football.”

Mphela had seen little game time in Chiefs colours after signing with the Glamour Boys in 2014 from Pitso Mosimane’s Sundowns. A string of injuries and loss of form costed him a place in the Amakhosi starting line-up under former coach Stuart Baxter.

Prior to being seen around Polokwane, Mphela was in Pretoria, training with the University of Pretoria team. Tuks coach Sammy Troughton confirmed this. “I don’t know the situation really, he came here and trained a bit. I’m not sure if he had another offer, but he’s no longer around,” Troughton told the Sowetan, after Mphela disappeared from AmaTuks camp.

The Tshwane club and the striker failed to agree terms with a source revealing to Phakaaathi that “Mphela’s demands were astronomical for a player his age.” Perhaps the same reason he failed to crack the nod at Rise and Shine because coach Kosta Papic conceded that he had space to house the wanted Killer.

“Is he ready to fight? Is he ready to score? Is he ready to play football? If it is the case then the door is always open,” Papic was quoted as saying at the time. Tabloid newspapers have confirmed though that Mphela is apparently dating Pulane Lenkoe and the former Bafana striker is so protective of his new lover that he got into a nightclub brawl with another man who allegedly hit on her about two weeks ago.

Cavin Johnson’s Platinum Stars were a team thought to be interested in assessing Mphela, with a view of signing him but Glyn Binkin, the player’s agent, rubbished those rumours. “I spoke to Platinum Stars, and they categorically denied any interest,” said Binkin.

Reports are also suggesting that Mphela might already checked himself into a retirement village. Mphela, a product of Jomo Cosmos, played in France for RC Strasbourg and Stade Reims, with limited success.

After returning home, the former serial scorer joined Supersport United and then Mamelodi Sundowns.

He finished the 2009/10 season with 17 goals in 30 games which made him the league’s top goalscorer. He won the Lesley Manyathela Golden Boot and was voted Premier Soccer League’ Player’s Player-of-the-Season.

Anyone who has information of on the whereabouts of Killer Mphela can contact the revelent football authorities.

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