(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.
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
but returned home to Sundowns after failing to win a contract with his poor performances.
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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