For a high profile signing, the 2020/21 season was a huge disappointment for Ramahlwe Mphahlele.
The celebrated star struggled for form and was fortunate to have been given the benefit of the doubt but new coach Stuart Baxter in the CAF Champions League final.
When the starting XI was announced, it was a huge shock to see Rama Mphahlele in the starting XI. The veteran played just 157 minutes in the 2019/20 season and came into this match having started just two of the final 13 league matches last season.
He appeared for 12 minutes in the second leg of the semi-final but looked rusty and ill-suited to this match. Even in October 2020, Hunt said of the experienced player: “He can’t get up and down the sides anymore.”
When Baxter selected Mphahlele for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations after a poor season at Chiefs, the Anglo-Scot mentor revealed, “Rama hasn’t played, and he’s not been convincing, he’s not been Rama for a while. But he has potentially more experience, and he has potentially a bigger game in him than, let’s say, a less-experienced fullback and a less-educated fullback that’s played every game for his club.”
That sums it up. Baxter trusts Mphahlele, but that faith is no longer based on any evidence seen in the last three years of underperformance.
Is Mphahlele going to stay put at Amakhosi or his time is up?
Soccer Laduma Wed, 21 Jul 2021
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