Mphela meets Motsepe

2011-02-16 12:50

Johannesburg - Mamelodi Sundowns and Bafana Bafana striker Katlego Mphela took the first towards ending his four-week stay away by meeting club president Patrice Motsepe on Tuesday "in a private meeting to discuss his return to the club".

Motsepe had stated at the press conference two weeks ago that discipline and respect for the club and its rules were non-negotiable but that “if Katlego apologizes to Sundowns and appears before the disciplinary committee and commits himself to mending his relationship with the club and the Mamelodi Sundowns Family; then Sundowns would allow him back.”

This would appear to be a softening of their stance after Motsepe had previously stated that as far as he was concerned, Mphela was no longer part of Sundowns.

Mphela, according to a statement on the club’s website, had asked national team coach Pitso Mosimane to request a meeting with Motsepe on his behalf “because as President of Sundowns he always meets with players if their problems remain unresolved, after having followed the internal procedure at Sundowns”.

The Bafana striker, who sought to force the club to release him from his contract for an oversees move, is believed to have “apologised to the President, the Supporters, his teammates and the Mamelodi Sundowns Family and reported for training on Wednesday 16 February 2011.”

This will however not spare him the potential penalty as he is he expected to appear before the club’s disciplinary committee where his matter will be heard. Following his meeting with Motsepe, the player undertook to work hard and regain his form and fight for his place at Sundowns.

However, Motsepe re-stated his commitment to release Mphela at the end of the season should Sundowns “receives a fair and reasonable offer”.

“Football is a short career and we must all support Katlego to perform well for Sundowns and Bafana Bafana and also help him find a good and reputable Club in Europe,” said Motsepe.


  • PSquare - 2011-02-16 13:25

    Now they must give him a 6 months suspension so that he doesn't kick the ball for Sundowns again.Then hand him a free clearance at the end of the season and lets see if anyone is still interested in an ill-disciplined player that hasn't kicked a ball for 6 months. He is a disgrace and sets a bad example for younger players.

      RJ - 2011-02-16 13:45

      He a great player, way better than that soma and poophol parker, but do agree don't go awol it may damage he's carrer... but they will still wan't him in high demand.

      lucy - 2011-02-16 14:06

      @PSquare,u r right. Mphela must learn from the likes of Benni and others. He is not bigger than his employers and that can destroy him for good. @RJ, Motsepe must just set an example so that others can learn. The fact that he is good says nothing, he mustn't use it to bring attention. We may not even miss him in the national team. He's spoilt

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  • crazydude - 2011-02-16 14:23

    He's a great player, but his attitude stinks. If he wanted to leave he Sundowns, he shouldn't have signed a new contract. he would have been a free agent at the end of this season. Instead he signed for 3 more years. Now he decides he wants to leave, well Sundowns have a legal contract to keep him.They could make him rot for the next 2 seasons, by not playing him. I wonder who would take him then?

  • mpho.thabang - 2011-02-16 14:31

    Mmmmmm, what was he thinking vele? Sundowns must charge him. lol who is the fool now Mr Mphela? yah neh lol

  • Athon - 2011-02-16 14:33

    @RJ...that is why Parker is playing abroad and Mphela is still here in South-Africa driving around in the townships and missing training. Mphela is an idiot just like all the other so called good black players. once they get a little bit of money then they heads starts growing. Colored players are still the best in this country that is why players like Pienaar and Benni has played alot of games in the champions league.

      kide504 - 2011-02-16 15:09

      So black players are idiots? and coloreds are smart. is that the point u r trying to make here? look chap dont insult our people stick to football, which by the look of things u know little about. not everything is about english football u dumbG

      Mbuso - 2011-02-16 17:31

      You also black you idiot, i'm sure you from CPT moron..

      RJ - 2011-02-17 10:35

      Look we have great players black, coloured and white. Pienaar is probebly the best player we porduced look at the other night... Wow he took my breath away. he lloked like the master of a well oiled machine.

  • hmosito1 - 2011-02-16 14:34

    If Mphela deserve a punishment, his agent also need to be called to order. These agents are destroying our talents for the sake of their greed.

      MKAM - 2011-02-16 16:15

      What was his agent supposed to do in that situation?? He chose not to go training and that's his agent fault?? Come on ....

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  • Mxhuma - 2011-02-16 21:21

    Cosidering that this article is about Mphela apologizing to President Motepe, this mudslinging about black and coloured futbol players is really not necessary. Would you now humble yourselves and apologise to one another. Otherwise it really stinks to the high heavens!

  • Mxhuma - 2011-02-16 21:30

    Surely race remains a big problem in this country. The story of a wayward player humbling himself and apologizing to the Club Prez leads to people slinging so much mud that the article about Mphela disappears. You need to apologize to one another!

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