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Birmingham eye Mphela

2010-05-12 14:07

Johannesburg - Bafana Bafana striker Katlego Mphela, will not allow himself to be distracted by the news that English Premiership club Birmingham City are eyeing him as a possible new signing after the Soccer World Cup.

Mphela, who top scored this season in the Premier Soccer League for second placed Mamelodi Sundowns, confirmed on Wednesday City will be watching him play during Bafana’s warm-up matches and during the World Cup finals which kick-off when Bafana host Mexico in the opening match at Soccer City on June 11.

Said Mphela after a training session under the eagle eye of Bafana head coach Carlos Alberto Parreira at Marks Park: “City have told me they are interested in signing me and have already spoken to my agent.

"They watched me during our 2-0 win over Jamaica in Germany last month, but that is as far as it went. I want to focus on helping Bafana at the World Cup before I think about a move to England.

"If I go, I go. But I am not thinking about any moves until after the World Cup. I want to play well at the World Cup and make my country proud.”

Mphela is set to lead the attack when Bafana play Thailand at the sold out Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit on Sunday (kick-off 15:30), but said he hoped to rediscover his goal scoring touch.

He said that although he knew little about Thailand, it would be the ideal match to add to his nine international goals in 27 appearances for his country. Goals have dried up for Mphela in 2010.

“I believe Thailand have only had one win in their last four games and that was against Singapore. They are not that strong and this will be a good chance for me to get back onto the scoring sheet.”

Mphela said if he should manage to score against the Thais, now coached by former Manchester United captain Bryan Robson, it would boost his confidence ahead of the tough World Cup programme ahead.

“It is important for me to start scoring in these friendly matches to give myself a boost before the World Cup starts, so I will be hoping to fire on all cylinders against Thailand.”

Mphela said he believed Everton Player of the Season, Steven Pienaar, would be Bafana’s key player at the global showpiece.

“Steven has had a brilliant season in England for Everton and I am looking forward to play with him. He has a lot of experience, knows when to play and when not to play the ball.

"I know I will gel with him.”

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Comments
  • Buddy - 2010-05-12 14:46

    Wish you all the best, Katlego. Hope that you and the boys will show total commitement to the cause at hand. When on the field, always tell yourselves that you have to give an extra more. That was always the spirit of Shoes Moshoeu and similar great players.

  • tk - 2010-05-12 15:05

    Good luck,Katlego I wish you everything of the best for the upcoming tournament.Bang the goals.

  • tk - 2010-05-12 15:05

    Good luck,Katlego I wish you everything of the best for the upcoming tournament.Bang the goals.

  • JUSTIN - 2010-05-12 16:00

    THE ENGLISH WERE THE FIRST TO EXPLORE OUR GOLD AND TOOK IT TO THE QUEEN. THEY MADE THE WORLD CUP WITH OUR GOLD NOW THAT IT IS HERE, THEY ARE NOT GOING TO HAVE IT UNTIL 2014. THEY MAY TAKE AWAY OUR MPHELAS, MOKOENAS AND THE PIENAARS, BUT THIS TIME, NOT OUR GOLD CUP, IT STAYS HERE. COME JUNE 11 BAFANA WILL ENTER GOLD MINE KALABASH TUNNEL WITH A SINGLE PURPOSE, TAKE BACK THE TITLE DEED THAT WAS ONCE LOST TO OUR FORE-FATHERS. WE ARE NOT JUST GOING TO LEAVE THE SKIN ON THE GROUND, BUT THE BLOOD, SWEAT, TEARS AND PAIN FOR THE AFRICA'S MOST PRECIOUS METAL. AZISHE!

  • Iain - 2010-05-12 16:15

    Young man who says u gona play with Steven Pienaar.Personally i think u not good enough.So stick to the basics and dont say who u gona gel with or not.Bang in goals first then we will support u.The problem with South-African strikers is that sometimes i wonder do they know what there primary goals are and that is to score "GOALS".We want goals thats what we want from the strikers and thats what goes for Benni and co. aswel.

  • MRFANTASTIC - 2010-05-12 16:26

    SURE WC TROPHY WILL STAY IN OUR MOTHER SOUL...MR MAKETSI SAID HE WILL RELEASE PRISONERS TO MAKE A SPACE FOR TROBLE MAKERS DURING WC...THOSE PRISONERS WILL STEAL THE TROPHY, THAT IS THE AIM...LOL

  • Mkabayi - 2010-05-13 09:34

    Good luck Katlego, I know u r capable.The guy prooved a lot wrong during the conf cup including myself, after that u became the top goal scorer and we r ecpecting more from u during the world cup.

  • Dan - 2010-05-13 09:38

    Katlego, score more screamers like that one you got against Spain and you'll light up your international career, and more importantly this country. TAKE A BOW! C'mon!

  • Cross - 2010-05-14 10:49

    Mphela is a "COW".........you people are terrible. this boy scored those two goals against spain by pure luck, not because he is brilliant. he is a top goal scorer with how many goals...12 goals with 8 penalties in those goals....this hopeless striker on scored 4 goals this whole season. i just wonder what Birmingham saw...may be BEE also applies with soccer players.....shame mphela...i know boy u scared to go and play for them coz u clearly know u cant score.

  • Cross - 2010-05-14 10:53

    the way he is so hopeless, he cant pass any last defender to score a goal. he is not even a sharp shooter, skillless, ball controlless, visionless. he is just a normal Cow with a limited speed.... i bet all my property....Mphela wont score 2 goals in the world cup......what m i saying...wait wait wait....the Bafana Bafana team wont score 3 goals the whole tournament....

  • Cross - 2010-05-14 10:59

    Take all Mphelas goals he scored in his to date professional soccer...they are less than the goals Messi scored this season....let me help u start ne...last season(2008/9) he scored 1 goal.....this season (2009/10) 12 goals.....in (2007/8) 4 goals.....(2006/7) he scored 5 goals.....now add all the four seasons goals scored = its 22 goals........Wahahahahahahahahahahaha wahahahahahahahahahaha wawawahahahahahahaha wa wa wa wa wahahahahahahahahahaha..........................................Mphela you are the best striker south africa has ever got.................wahahahahahahahahahahahahaha..........see what i mean???.........i rest my case

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