Katlego Mphela

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Katlego Mphela
Personal information
Full name Katlego Abel Mphela[1]
Date of birth (1984-11-29) 29 November 1984 (age 33)
Place of birth Brits, South Africa
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
Early Birds
Arcadia Shepherds
Orlando Pirates
Jomo Cosmos
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2004 Jomo Cosmos 2 (1)
2004–2006 Strasbourg 19 (5)
2005–2006Stade Reims (loan) 5 (2)
2006–2008 Supersport United 62 (10)
2008–2014 Mamelodi Sundowns 116 (17)
2014–2015 Kaizer Chiefs 15 (3)
2015–2017 Royal Eagles 28 (9)
National team
2005–2007 South Africa U-23 7 (5)
2005–2013 South Africa 53 (23)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 27 August 2017
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 25 December 2013

Katlego Abel Mphela (born 29 November 1984, in Brits, Transvaal (now in North West) is a South African professional footballer who plays in the National First Division for Royal Eagles.

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.[2]

Club career[edit]

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 joined Chiefs in 2014. He made his debut in a 2–2 draw against Maritzburg United.[3] He scored his first goal for Chiefs against Free State Stars but it was cancelled out almost immediately in a 1–1 draw.[4] Mphela scored on the last league match of the season in the 55th minute against AmaZulu in a 3–0 win.[5]

Statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Club performance League
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
League
2003–04 Jomo Cosmos 2 1
2003–04 RC Strasbourg 2 0
2003–04 RC Strasbourg B 14 5
2004–05 RC Strasbourg B 10 3
2004–05 RC Strasbourg 12 0
2005–06 Stade Reims 5 0
2005–06 Supersport United 30 10
2006–07 RC Strasbourg B 4 1
2006–07 Supersport United 13 6
2007–08 Supersport United 19 1
2008–09 Mamelodi Sundowns 18 3
2009–10 Mamelodi Sundowns 30 17
2010–11 Mamelodi Sundowns 22 13
2011–12 Mamelodi Sundowns 25 10
2012–13 Mamelodi Sundowns 16 3
2013–14 Mamelodi Sundowns 5 2
2013–14 Kaizer Chiefs 11 8
2014–15 Kaizer Chiefs 10 6
Career total 238 89

International career[edit]

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

He has represented South Africa 53 times, scoring 23 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.

Mphela was included in South Africa's 23-man final squad for the 2010 World Cup. He played in the inaugural match against Mexico, which ended 1–1. Next, the Bafana Bafana played against Uruguay, but they lost the game 3–0. In their final group game, he scored the 2nd goal in a 2–1 win against France as South Africa exited the competition.[6]

Mphela opened the scoring in South Africa's first international match following the 2010 World Cup putting South Africa up 1–0 against Ghana.

Mphela scored the winner for South Africa against Egypt in the 93rd minute with a perfect finish that saw the North Africans beaten by South Africa for the first time in competitive football between the two countries and increased the hopes of qualification.

Mphela also took a participation in 2013 African Cup of Nations tournament.

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list South Africa's goal tally first.[7]
No Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 26 February 2005 Stade George V, Curepipe, Mauritius  Seychelles 1–0 3–0 2005 COSAFA Cup
2. 2–0
3. 27 February 2005 Stade George V, Curepipe, Mauritius  Mauritius 1–0 1–0 2005 COSAFA Cup
4. 27 January 2008 Tamale Stadium, Tamale, Ghana  Tunisia 1–3 1–3 2008 Africa Cup of Nations
5. 28 June 2009 Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg, South Africa  Spain 1–0 2–3 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup
6. 2–2
7. 12 August 2009 Super Stadium, Pretoria, South Africa  Serbia 1–3 1–3 Friendly
8. 19 September 2009 Griquas Park, Kimberley, South Africa  Madagascar 1–0 1–0 Friendly
9. 3 March 2010 Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban, South Africa  Namibia 1–1 1–1 Friendly
10. 16 May 2010 Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit, South Africa  Thailand 2–0 4–0 Friendly
11. 3–0
12. 27 May 2010 Soccer City, Johannesburg, South Africa  Colombia 2–1 2–1 Friendly
13. 31 May 2010 Peter Mokaba Stadium, Polokwane, South Africa  Guatemala 1–0 5–0 Friendly
14. 4–0
15. 5 June 2010 Atteridgeville Super Stadium, Atteridgeville, South Africa  Denmark 1–0 1–0 Friendly
16. 22 June 2010 Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein, South Africa  France 2–0 2–0 2010 FIFA World Cup
17. 11 August 2010 Soccer City, Johannesburg, South Africa  Ghana 1–0 1–0 Friendly
18. 4 September 2010 Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit, South Africa  Niger 1–0 2–0 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
19. 26 March 2011 Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa  Egypt 1–0 1–0 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
20. 10 August 2011 Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa  Burkina Faso 1–0 3–0 Friendly
21. 3–0
22. 12 November 2011 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth, South Africa  Ivory Coast 1–1 1–1 Friendly
23. 3 June 2012 Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg, South Africa  Ethiopia 1–1 1–1 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification

References[edit]

  1. ^ "K. Mphela". Soccerway. Retrieved 16 April 2014. 
  2. ^ "Mphela's 'killer' instinct lifts South Africa". FIFA.com. FIFA. 26 March 2011. Retrieved 2011-07-24. 
  3. ^ www.realnet.co.uk. "'Killer' Mphela happy with Kaizer Chiefs debut". Kick Off. Retrieved 2018-03-28. 
  4. ^ https://sg.sports.yahoo.com/news/kaizer-chiefs-1-1-free-state-stars-mphela-192200158.html
  5. ^ http://www.football411.com/story/0,22162,14307_3149,00.html
  6. ^ Bevan, Chris (22 June 2010). "France 1–2 South Africa". BBC Sport. BBC. Retrieved 2010-06-24. 
  7. ^ "Mphela, Katlego". National Football Teams. Retrieved 5 March 2018. 

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