Johannesburg - Mamelodi Sundowns striker Katlego Mphela accepts that his poor
goalscoring form cost him a spot in Gordon Igesund's Bafana Bafana
According to the Football411.com website, South Africa host the Central African Republic at the Cape Town
Stadium on Saturday for their crucial Soccer World Cup qualifying clash.
However, Mphela will be rooting for his fellow countrymen from
his arm-chair back home after Igesund's overlooked the Downs hitman from
his 23-man squad.
The 28-year-old, who has scored 23 goals in 47 international
appearances, believes his omission was warranted based on his lacklustre
performances in front of goal for the Brazilians.
"I'm not bitter at all for being left out of the national team
because I haven't really been scoring goals at club level and that is
where it begins," he told The Sowetan.
"Once I start scoring regularly for my team, I'm confident I'll be considered for selection again.
"Apart from myself, Sundowns have a number of players who are
performing very well in their respective positions and I think they
deserve to be considered for the national team.
"The likes of Hlompho Kekana and Jabulani Shongwe have been
impressive. I'm pretty sure they will be in the Bafana pool once
Sundowns starts doing well."
However, Mphela's troubles inside the 18-yard area stretches back
to the Africa Cup of Nations where he failed to find the back of the
net, and was only compounded upon his return to Chloorkop.
But the man known as 'Killer' is confident that he will regain
his eye for goal once Sundowns find their groove after the international
"It all boils down to composure in the box and a bit of luck
sometimes. For instance, against Moroka Swallows and SuperSport United
we missed opportunities we'd have easily scored on any other day," said
"Once the team starts scoring, we will gain confidence to score more goals and things will become much easier."