Katlego Mphela

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{{Infobox football biography | image = | fullname = Katlego Abel Mphela [1] | birth_date = 29 November 1984 (age 37) | birth_place = [[Brits, North West|Brits], South Africa | height = 1.82 m | position = Forward | youthyears1 = | youthclubs1 = Early Birds | youthyears2 = | youthclubs2 = Arcadia Shepherds | youthyears3 = | youthclubs3 = Orlando Pirates | youthyears4 = | youthclubs4 = Jomo Cosmos | years1 = 2003–2004 | clubs1 = Jomo Cosmos | caps1 = 2 | goals1 = 1 | years2 = 2004–2006 | clubs2 = Strasbourg | caps2 = 19 | goals2 = 5 | years3 = 2005–2006 | clubs3 = → Reims (loan) | caps3 = 5 | goals3 = 2 | years4 = 2006–2008 | clubs4 = SuperSport United | caps4 = 62 | goals4 = 10 | years5 = 2008–2014 | clubs5 = Mamelodi Sundowns | caps5 = 116 | goals5 = 48 | clubs6 = Kaizer Chiefs | years6 = 2014–2015 | caps6 = 15 | goals6 = 3 | years7 = 2015–2017 | clubs7 = Royal Eagles | caps7 = 28 | goals7 = 9 | totalcaps = 247 | totalgoals = 78 | nationalyears1 = 2005–2007 | nationalteam1 = South Africa U-23 | nationalcaps1 = 7 | nationalgoals1 = 5 | nationalyears2 = 2005–2013 | nationalteam2 = South Africa | nationalcaps2 = 53 | nationalgoals2 = 23 }}

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Katlego Abel Mphela (born 29 November 1984) is a South African retired professional footballer who played as a forward.

Club career

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

After returning home he turned out for SuperSport United for the 2007–08 season before joining Mamelodi Sundowns the following season. He then 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. [2] He scored his first goal for Chiefs against Free State Stars but it was cancelled out almost immediately in a 1–1 draw. [3] Mphela scored on the last league match of the season in the 55th minute against AmaZulu in a 3–0 win. [4]

After two years out of action, 34-year old Mphela announced his retirement in August 2019. [5] He also announced, that he would begin as a coach and that he already was coaching youth players.

International career

Mphela scored a brace on his debut for the South Africa national team 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 participated in the 2013 African Cup of Nations tournament.

Style of play

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. [7]

Career statistics

International goals

Scores and results list South Africa's goal tally first, score column indicates score after each Mphela goal. [8]
List of international goals scored by Katlego Mphela
No.DateVenueOpponentScoreResultCompetition
126 February 2005 Stade George V, Curepipe, MauritiusFlag of the Seychelles.svg  Seychelles 1–03–0 2005 COSAFA Cup
22–0
327 February 2005Stade George V, Curepipe, MauritiusFlag of Mauritius.svg  Mauritius 1–01–02005 COSAFA Cup
427 January 2008 Tamale Stadium, Tamale, GhanaFlag of Tunisia.svg  Tunisia 1–31–3 2008 Africa Cup of Nations
528 June 2009 Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg, South AfricaFlag of Spain.svg  Spain 1–02–3 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup
62–2
712 August 2009 Super Stadium, Pretoria, South AfricaFlag of Serbia.svg  Serbia 1–31–3Friendly
819 September 2009 Griquas Park, Kimberley, South AfricaFlag of Madagascar.svg  Madagascar 1–01–0Friendly
93 March 2010 Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban, South AfricaFlag of Namibia.svg  Namibia 1–11–1Friendly
1016 May 2010 Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit, South AfricaFlag of Thailand.svg  Thailand 2–04–0Friendly
113–0
1227 May 2010 Soccer City, Johannesburg, South AfricaFlag of Colombia.svg  Colombia 2–12–1Friendly
1331 May 2010 Peter Mokaba Stadium, Polokwane, South AfricaFlag of Guatemala.svg  Guatemala 1–05–0Friendly
144–0
155 June 2010 Atteridgeville Super Stadium, Atteridgeville, South AfricaFlag of Denmark.svg  Denmark 1–01–0Friendly
1622 June 2010 Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein, South AfricaFlag of France.svg  France 2–02–1 2010 FIFA World Cup
1711 August 2010Soccer City, Johannesburg, South AfricaFlag of Ghana.svg  Ghana 1–01–0Friendly
184 September 2010Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit, South AfricaFlag of Niger.svg  Niger 1–02–0 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
1926 March 2011 Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg, South AfricaFlag of Egypt.svg  Egypt 1–01–02012 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
2010 August 2011Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg, South AfricaFlag of Burkina Faso.svg  Burkina Faso 1–03–0Friendly
213–0
2212 November 2011 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth, South AfricaFlag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg  Ivory Coast 1–11–1Friendly
233 June 2012Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg, South AfricaFlag of Ethiopia.svg  Ethiopia 1–11–1 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification

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