Katlego Mphela

Katlego Mphela

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Katlego Mphela

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Katlego Mphela (born 29 November 1984 in Brits, North West) is a South African footballer who currently plays for Mamelodi Sundowns. His style of play includes challenging defenders with both pace and strength but he can still play deep as a supporting striker. He is nicknamed "Killer" for his finishing ability.

Club career

Mphela, a product of Jomo Cosmos, played in France for RC Strasbourg and Stade Reims, both with limited success.

After returning home he turned out for Supersport United and 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 PSL Players' Player of the Season.

Mphela had a 1-week trial with Scottish Premier League giants Celtic but returned home to Sundowns after failing to win a contract with his poor performances.

International career

Mphela scored a brace on his international debut against Seychelles on February 26, 2005.

He has represented South Africa 31 times, scoring 15 goals. He scored South Africa's only goal in the 3–1 defeat against Tunisia in the 2008 African Nations Cup.

Perhaps Mphela's greatest moment came in the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup third-place playoff against Spain. Coming in as a substitute Mphela produced arguably the goal of the tournament with a free kick from 30 yards, which turned out to be the last action of the 90 mins, sending the game into extra time.

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