Former Bafana Bafana striker Katlego Mphela admits that his career took a downslide following his move from Mamelodi Sundowns to Kaizer Chiefs in 2014.
Mphela had spent six seasons at Masandawana before a much-publicised last-gasp move to Amakhosi on transfer deadline day of the January transfer window period.
Speaking to FARPost in an exclusive interview, Mphela says his move from Chloorkop to Naturena was ill-timed.
“I don’t necessarily have any regrets in my career because I have done what I was supposed to do, but I would say my move leaving Sundowns to Chiefs, I don’t think it was a good move for me,” said Mphela.
“It was supposed to happen because of other things in football and I think that’s one decision I think about in my life but not necessarily to say that I regret going to Chiefs but the timing of the move was not correct. You know everything I knew from football was from Sundowns and for me to change that I think the timing was not right,” he said.
Mphela opted to sign for Chiefs who gave him a three-year-contract instead of staying at Sundowns where they had offered him a one-year-extension.
When asked about his relationship with Coach Pitso Mosimane since he left Sundowns, the 35-year-old said:
“I don’t know. We don’t talk. We have not talked ever since I left,” he said.
Mphela, who last played professional football for GladAfrica Championship side Royal Eagles in 2017, told this publication that he is currently involved in football development through his Katlego Mphela Foundation.
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By Ofhani Munyai