Katlego Mphela is hailed as of the best strikers of his generation. He was mostly known for his pace and strength. He was affectionately known as "Killer" for his finishing abilities.
Most people would recognise Mphela with his stunning freekick in the 2009 Confederation Cup against Spain with Iker Casillas in between the posts.
Mphela, a product of Jomo Cosmos, played in France for RC Strasbourg and Strade Reims with limited success. After returning home in 2006 he turned out for Supersport United for two seasons before attracting the attention of Mamelodi Sundowns.
During his time at Chloorkop he established himself as one of the best in the country, winning the Lesley Manyathela Golden Boot Award with 17 goals in 30 appearances in 2009. The very same season he was also named as the PSL Players Player of the Season.
In 2014 he went to join Kaizer Chiefs and would only enjoy limited success. He later went to feature for NFD side Royal Eagles for two seasons. After his spell in the NFD he went off the radar for two years and would retire from the game in 2019.
"Killer" made his Bafana Bafana debut in 2005 and has since scored 23 goals in 53 appearances. As of recent he is running the Katlego Mphela Foundation with the aim of unearthing future strikers and is also a brand ambassador of Special Olympics South Africa. He is also in process of pursuing his SAFA Coaching badges.
It is without a doubt that Mphela had a career he can be proud of. In an interview with Shoot online, according to Mphela he remains proud of himself but is haunted by not having broken the Bafana goalscoring record held by Benni McCarthy of 31 goals. He believes he was not constistent enough in some games he played as he would have scored more.
According to Mphela seeing his former team Mamelodi Sundowns being crowned 2016 Champions League Champions, he also released he never gave his all in that competition. He also believes he would won the continental title.
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