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I was fine to drive - Mphela

2011-03-29 14:12
Katlego Mphela (Gallo)

Johannesburg - South Africa striker Katlego Mphela was arrested for drunk driving in an upscale Johannesburg neighbourhood, police spokesperson Col. Lungelo Dlamini said on Tuesday.

Mphela, who scored the winning goal against Egypt on Saturday in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier, was arrested early on Monday morning after celebrating the win, according to Glyn Binkin, the player's manager.

Mphela was driving after purchasing a late-night snack when police pulled him over for a routine stop, Binkin said.

"He's obviously disappointed about what transpired, but he also believed he was under the limit or he would not have taken the irresponsible action of driving when he didn't feel he was able to drive," Binkin said.

"Mphela acted drunk when they pulled him over at about 05:00, so police brought him to the station for four hours until he was sober enough to be released", Dlamini said.

Mphela scored three minutes into injury time to give South Africa a 1-0 win over Egypt on Saturday.

Mphela has been released on R1 000 bail and will appear in court in October.

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