Mphela, who left the Chloorkop-based side for Kaizer Chiefs, is likely to start a new page for Amakhosi tonight.
Chiefs host SuperSport United at Peter Mokaba Stadium in a top-of-the-table clash is expected to produce fireworks.
“It was frustrating at Sundowns,” the former Bafana Bafana striker said, adding his departure from the mega-rich Tshwane side was inevitable. “It was my time to leave.”
His career at the club had been punctuated by injuries, but on Monday, Mphela gave a smile of contentment at joining Chiefs, describing the move as “awesome”.
And facing United tonight is something which may motivate him to do well given that he made his name at the club before joining Sundowns.
Mphela is not the only one in the Chiefs camp looking to outsmart United as a former player.
George Maluleka is another player in Stuart Baxter’s camp who has donned the blue and white kit. Maluleka moved to Chiefs during the recently ended January transfer window and will face his former employers for the first time since joining Chiefs.
Chiefs have a 10 point lead at the top of the PSL standings with 36 while United are a full 10 points adrift.
Matsatsantsa a Pitori beat Chiefs in the first round game of the corresponding fixture, something which should make Chiefs wary of United’s threat.
Under Cavin Johnson, the former PSL champions have been impressive. Johnson has brought a new dimension to their game which has seen them adopt a more offensive style of play.
Youngster, Morne Nel, has been a revelation and his incisive passing game should trouble the Chiefs defence.
Bridging the 10-point gap Chiefs have opened is the priority for United as they would like to make a meaningful challenge for league honours in May.
And for them to close the gap, it has to start against Chiefs.