What Happened to Katlego Mphela? Katlego Abel Mphela is a professional South African football player. His playing position is a striker or a forward just to keep up with the modern lingo. In the football circle Mphela is nicknamed “Killer.” Now as to how this came about could be that he is an assassin, not likely though. Or maybe it’s because he has the killer touch in front of goal.
Looking at his personal information Mphela was born on the 29th November 1984. So he will be 33 years old soon. As of uploading this video he is currently 32 years old. He was born in Brits in the North West. He is about 1,82 meters tall.
During his youth career he played football for Early Birds, Arcadia Sheperds, Orlando Pirates and Jomo Cosmos.
His senior career began when he broke into the first team at Jomo Cosmos during the 2003/04 season. He made 2 appearances for Cosmos and scored one goal.
Mphela joined France team RC Stransbourg between 2004 to 2006. He made 19 appearances for RC Stransbourg in all competitions and scored only 5 times. During his time in France he mainly played for RC Strasbourg B. During the 2005/06 season he was loaned to Stade Reims and made 5 appearances for them and scored 2 times in all competitions.
Mphela returned home to South Africa and played for Supersport United between 2006 to 2008. He made 32 appearances for Supersport United in the Premier Soccer League and scored 7 goals during that time.
Mphela joined Mamelodi Sundows in 2008 and stayed with them till the 2013/14 Premier Soccer League season. He made 116 appearances in the league for Sundowns and scored 46 times for them. During this time at Sundows he had his most prolific scoring season when he netted 17 times in 30 games during the 2009/10 PSL season. This won him the Lesley Manyathela Golden Boot and he was also voted the PSL Players Player of the Season.
Let’s talk about money. If you were to perform a simple Google search of Katlego Mphela Mamelodi Sundows Salary. You will most likely be met with a figure of R4,2 million. This is supposedly for the year of 2012. As per this article on the Official Club Website for Mamelodi Sundows “Mamelodi Sundowns have dismissed as “absolute rubbish” the amount being reported as Katlego Mphela’s salary at the club, and stated that the figure suggested by Mphela’s agent Glyn Bynkin to the media of R300 000 a month is “crazy”.
R300,000 per would come to R3,6 million which is still about R600,000 short of the R4,2 million.
Sundowns spokesman Kabelo Mosito, said today that no player at Sundowns earns that kind of “crazy” salary. He said that Bynkin was misleading the public, and at the same time destabilising Sundowns, by making such statements. “This is not the first time that Mphela’s agent has made insulting statements about Sundowns. He did that when Mphela went AWOL at a critical time for Sundowns a few seasons ago, and the same happened when Siboniso Gaxa went AWOL before being released for an overseas deal. We are therefore not surprised that Katlego has gone AWOL once more, even though Bynkin claims in reports that he does not know where the player is,”
I recently did a video titled Top 10 highest paid footballers in South Africa’s ABSA PSL which I will link in this video. I want to state this right off the bat that these figures are of course estimates. When it comes to salaries particularly in the Premier Soccer League such figures are hard to come by. They seem to prefer to keep such things on the hush. The salaries in the PSL have been said to be slave wages for the majority of players with reports that say some players earn as little as R5 000 per month and only a select few players at the clubs are making big bucks. So I would imagine that until the supposed wage inequality issues are address the wages of PSL players will be keep mum.
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Towards the end of his contract to Sundows Mphela had made his intentions to leave Sundows in June 2014 when his contract ends very clear. As Early as January 2014 there were reports that he had signed a pre-contract for 3 years with Kazier Chiefs.
2014/15 PSL season Mphela joined Kaizer Chiefs. He never had a lot of appearances or goals during this times.
In 2015 Mphela signed to National First Division team Royal Eagles which saw him take a massive salary cut according to reports Mphela said “I took a salary cut to go to Eagles. The week I signed with them, I received a contract from Saudi and it was a sticky situation because I had already just signed with Eagles. I asked them if it was possible to leave but with the ambitions they have I thought it would be unfair on their side so I decided to stay.“
So he turned down a supposed lucrative offer to play football in Saudi Arabia. He turned down that oil money for Eagle money. Jokes aside personally the move to the National First Division makes sense with regards to more game time and you know the whole ambitions story is nice.
He is currently still contracted to Royal Eagles in the National First Division.
Mphela has also had 53 appearances for the national senior South Africa first team and scored 23 goals. He made his Bafana Bafana international debut against Seychelles in 2005 and scored a brace. Not a bad start. His last international action was in 2013 African Cup of Nations tournament which was hosted by South Africa. Now it makes sense as to how we qualified for that. We were the hosts.