Johannesburg - Mamelodi Sundowns striker Katlego Mphela will join Kaizer Chiefs at the end of the season after the two clubs reached an agreement on Tuesday.
The news was confirmed on Chiefs' official website, saying that the Bafana Bafana hitman has signed a pre-contract with the PSL champions, effective from July 2014, meaning he will join the Amakhosi on a free transfer following the expiration of his current contract at Chloorkop at the end of June.
The statement goes onto say that Mphela will join Chiefs on a three-year deal once the contract becomes effective.
"On Monday, 6 January, Chiefs informed Sundowns of their intention
to sign the tried and tested striker (Mphela).
"Subsequently, on 7 January, Sundowns was informed about the agreement with the player.
"'The 29 year old striker has been the talk of the football circles with
pundits speculating his move to an overseas club.
"Mphela has signed a
three year deal with the Amakhosi."
Mphela has netted 50 times in 122 appearances for the Brazilians since joining them from SuperSport United in 2008, but has only been used as a substitute by coach Pitso Mosimane this season, scoring twice in five appearances.
As a result, Mphela was not included in Gordon Igesund's Bafana squad for the Chan tournament on home soil later this month, instead opting for a strike-force composing of Bernard Parker, Katlego Mashego and Edward Manqele.
Currently in second place on the PSL log, Sundowns' are set to face Chiefs, who top the table, in their next PSL fixture scheduled for 23 January, with further speculation suggesting the Amakhosi may want to get their man sooner rather than later in order for him to face his soon-to-be former employers.