Mphela: Please just let me go

2011-01-28 12:40

Johannesburg - Katlego Mphela has issued an impassioned plea to Mamelodi Sundowns to allow him to further his career abroad.

The forward has not attended training since Monday in a bid to force the club's hand after they turned down a bid of just over R12m from Serbian giants Partizan Belgrade.

He has since admitted his behaviour has not been the most professional, but that it his last attempt at convincing the Brazilians to allow him to return to European shores.

"It is true that I have missed training since Monday, and perhaps I could have dealt with things differently," he told the Sowetan.

"But different people deal with different issues in different ways and for me I could no longer stomach the frustrations. For the past two years the club has received numerous written offers and enquiries from European clubs who would like to contract me, yet they turn down these offers and tell me that they will let me go in the next transfer window, which is once again what they are doing now.

"How can I trust them when history has shown me that they say one thing and do something else."

Mphela further revealed why he chose to put pen to paper on a new three-year-deal with Sundowns, despite wanting to leave the club.

"I had signed a contract extension in August last year but did so because I was once again assured that should the club receive a reasonable offer they would allow me to go abroad," he explained.

"My agent Glyn Binkin recommended that I do go to training, but. I find that it is very difficult for me to go to training and be around the club when I'm not happy with the way I'm being treated by them and in particular the manner in which they are dealing with my aspirations to go abroad and further my career."

Binkin, meanwhile, has admitted his disappointment at the Brazilians' comments about him.

He said: "It's sad to hear that is how they feel as I have several other players at the club, some of whom play regularly. Sundowns will always be in the market for good players - by alienating themselves from me they are prejudicing themselves."

Reports suggest Mphela will only return to the club when he is offered showdown talks with club owner and President Patrice Motsepe. 


  • Sivu - 2011-01-28 13:26

    I no longer have respect for sad, let the boy full his full potential even if its overseas

  • Wiriranai - 2011-01-28 13:56

    Hey let the boy go..wats the matter with these Downs guys. Contracts contracts..what contracts if the boy is not happy and wants to further career abroad? Even in marriage there is divorce if one or both partners is not happy with the relationsip and if you play stubborn then get ready for some cheating. If they force him i strongly advise Mphela to: 1. Miss all penalty kicks, freekicks, throw ins etc 2. Reduce speed 3. Leave defending to defenders even if in crucial areas 4. Hold on to the ball too much...get some tips from Teko on how to do so. 5. Smile to everyone as if things are OK! Then in no time they wl notice that u really need a divorce and have found a more beautiful and honest wife, Partizan Belgrade

      Salomé - 2011-01-28 14:01

      He was happy to recieve the benefits of the contract when he signed. Even if you get a divorce, you pay my mate you pay....

      Nemzah - 2011-01-28 14:48

      Viva big brother i support you on all those five points . Masandawani release Mphela plz

      Mogul.Ju - 2011-01-28 15:18

      this goes to show just how stupid some South African Soccer players are. these boys need a strong level of mentorship. the season is halfway thru, why doesnt he play harder for the remainder of the season and try to get better teams to look at him than in Serbia. Mind you, he needs to look up Serbia to realise that its not a GLAM as he might think OVERSEAS is. Bernard Parker tried to advise him about not going to Serbia. But then again, another township mentality about to ruin his own career. STUPID!!!!

  • Salomé - 2011-01-28 13:59

    Contracts are there to protect both. If you want out pay up......

      Wiriranai - 2011-01-28 14:02

      then if i cant pay up..i will cheat on you like a said

  • Bunene - 2011-01-28 14:47

    Our players are immature and unprofessional. Sundowns must dock his salary plus he's overrated... he must go warm the bench in a chappies little league in europe & we'll forget that he ever existed. There's hundreds of us that aren't happy at our workplaces but we don't expect to go awol without being reprimanded

      Money maker - 2011-01-28 15:25

      Well said Bunene Mr Motsepe please let him go for the sake of your dignity and respect ,,,, for sure his stupit agant was there with a big smile on his face when he was signing 3 year contract......Mphela is not really in a form that he can go overseas.

      Helder - 2011-01-28 19:22

      Bunene, sorry but dont say that! Every player has a dream of playing overseas and professional soccer, when the time comes why not take it? Opportunities dont come everyday man...Its like any other job, if you get a better offer from another company and ur current employee does not allow to go on will you be happy? And who told you that Serbian league is chappie? at least is better the PSL, he has been in europe b4 so he knows what to expect there. Grow up dude.

      Mare Car - 2011-01-29 01:53

      I am Partizan fan from Serbia, and I must admit that league is not great. But still every year Partizan is playing in UEFA Eurocup league, and this year we played in Champion League in group with Arsenal, Shaktar.... He would be probably first choice in attack due to the fact that we are going to sell our best striker if he come. In Serbia everyday on news we have every detail aboout Mphela future :) They are taking new from this site I think. Go Bafana Bafana !!! Great time friends !

  • Pure_Darkie - 2011-01-28 14:51

    Let the guy go. There is no question over his abilities, but even a fool can see that he is playing below his standard. As for the contract well that was a dumb move on his part but then again where was his agent when he signed? probaby telling him it would be good a great move so that he can pocket his commission.

  • nqzungu - 2011-01-28 14:59

    Let the guy go in 3 years he will be finished if he remains with the Brazilianz.

  • 1976rebel - 2011-01-28 15:01

    R12m is peanuts...only a million pounds. Sundowns is right to refuse offers as if the try buying someone in europe for 1 million pounds what will they get? These european clubs should offer proper money for our local players if they are that good. He was the top scorer in the league. Go to any decent league in the world and try to sign the top scorer for 1 million pounds they will laugh at you!!!

  • nangamso1 - 2011-01-28 16:34

    plz baba motsepe let the man go like chiefs alwayz do that even if the boy is their only hope wait and see when amakhosi recieve offers for Musona they will let him go as they are currently doing with Shabba.

  • Gulatino - 2011-01-28 20:06

    Bunene remember 1 thing,soccer is nt a permanet let him go.

  • Thabang - 2011-01-28 21:06

    baohlanyetsa killer

  • Derartu - 2011-01-28 21:20

    Contract contract contract. Hawu, wena Alex, you really underestimate the intelligence of South Africans. Can you rewind a little and touch on the matters relating to Gaxa and Torealba? Killer has already responded on what transpired on the day of signing and now you guys are retreating from the promise I think now is thte time for me to throw away my Sundowns card and be a "free agent". I can't be associated with a team that conducts its business like you do. I wonder if the President has been truthfully informed about this matter

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  • Mxhuma - 2011-01-28 21:28

    This is the sad story of this land: this man is our best striker. How many goals did he score in the past season? and how many of those were penalties? Well again, I am not well versed with futbol. All the players in the Bafana setup that played in the SWC knew that their chances of going overseas would increase after the soccer showpiece. Why then did he tie himself to a 3 year contrat? Havinv said all this, I think he should be allowed to go to Serbia. By the way how old is Mphela?

  • Moiketsi - 2011-01-31 11:51

    Let the guy go plz masundowana

  • partizan.shampion - 2011-02-03 01:00

    Mphela u r very welcome in Serbia!Partizan will pay 2 millions now.Last year Patrice Motsepe refused 2 offers around 2,6 millions from Rangers and one more club.Now he is unhappy and price is less probably that is how it works.Motsepe refused 2 Partizan offers in meantime and we brought Prince Tagoe(Ghana) and Dominic Adiyiah(Ghana under 21 best goalsccorer and player on last world cup under 21) so maybe Mphela will stay.

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