Swallows, the ex-club of the defender, must win on Saturday or face relegation.
Ramahlwe Mphahlele of Kaizer Chiefs has pledged no favors against his ailing old side Swallows at FNB Stadium, as emotional as he anticipates it to be.
Swallows, where Mphahlele made his professional debut as a 17-year-old sharp-witted centre-back in 2007, will be relegated automatically if they fail to beat Chiefs and Baroka in a synchronised 3pm match on Saturday, the final day of the DStv Premiership season.
Mphahlele has braced himself for a role in the Birds' possible relegation, stressing that it is in the essence of sport to be competitive at all times, even when there are sentimental factors at play.
"We understand how terrible it is, but football is football, so we approach the Swallows."Mphahlele described the game as "just like any other." "I have a soft spot in my heart for swallows because it is where I began my career. Those things (fond recollections of former teams) can be important at times.
I'm here because they offered me an opportunity to play, but on Saturday, I'm going to play football, and may the greatest team win. They must attack us and compete for the points."
Mphahlele believes off-field controversy contributed to the Swallows' demise this season. The Birds' inability to pay their employees, especially the players, has been well reported in recent months. In addition, the experienced Amakhosi defender praised Birds' trainer Dylan Kerr and his ideology.
"I've heard rumors here and There were a few issues, and it's possible that's what affected them. Footballers are not robots, and they will be affected if there are problems," stated the 32-year-old from GaMphahlele in Limpopo.
"The Swallows are a good squad... a fast-paced team. Dylan Kerr is an excellent coach for them. Football is something he enjoys doing. He's one of those guys who never says, 'I'm parking the bus,' but instead shows up and performs."
Content created and supplied by: FlyNews (via Opera News )
Opera News is a free to use platform and the views and opinions expressed herein are solely those of the author and do not represent, reflect or express the views of Opera News. Any/all written content and images displayed are provided by the blogger/author, appear herein as submitted by the blogger/author and are unedited by Opera News. Opera News does not consent to nor does it condone the posting of any content that violates the rights (including the copyrights) of any third party, nor content that may malign, inter alia, any religion, ethnic group, organization, gender, company, or individual. Opera News furthermore does not condone the use of our platform for the purposes encouraging/endorsing hate speech, violation of human rights and/or utterances of a defamatory nature. If the content contained herein violates any of your rights, including those of copyright, and/or violates any the above mentioned factors, you are requested to immediately notify us using via the following email address operanews-external(at)opera.com and/or report the article using the available reporting functionality built into our Platform See More