Ex Bafana Bafana striker Katlego Mphela is set to host his first annual community games in the coming week in an effort to give back.
Affectionately known as ‘Killer’ for his goalscoring prowess during his heyday, Mphela’s retirement from the game at age 35 hasn’t closed the door for him to continue his involvement in football, and sport in general.
This is why the Brits-born Mphela is hosting the community games on December 7-8 at Pretoria North Grounds in association with the City of Tshwane.
“I’m very happy to be associated with the event and giving back to the community that supported me during my playing days,” said Mphela, who’s amongst a few SA footballers to reach 50 caps for Bafana Bafana, scoring 23 goals in the process for the senior national team.
“The aim of the community games is to scout for talent and also provide life skills to the youth around Tshwane,” Mphela told FARPost.co.za.
The former SuperSport United, Mamelodi Sundowns and Kaizer Chiefs marksman will be partnered by player agency, Cream Sports Management, who are managed by Pontsho Madumo.
“We are happy to see our client Mphela collaborating with the City of Tshwane to plough back to the community,” said Cream Sports in a statement.
“It’s an initiative that will no doubt help scout the next generation of players that will represent Bafana Bafana in future.”
Not only is the tournament a platform for future Bafana Bafana stars, but the SA Netball national team could also benefit. In football, there will be football games for females too.
With regards to men’s football, the teams to participate will comprise of U13s, U17s and senior teams.
By Tiyani wa ka Mabasa