Phil Masinga wants Mamelodi Sundowns forward Katlego Mphela back in action
Posted: 11 February 2011 Time: 1:00 pm
Former Bafana Bafana striker Phil Masinga has lamented the absence of want-away Mamelodi Sundowns forward Katlego Mphela from the pitch and he is urging the latter to go back to training.
Mphela is boycotting training at Sundowns in his attempt to force the team release him to overseas and the Brits born striker has not kicked a ball since Sundowns lost to SuperSport United in Polokwane last month. Mphela has missed vital games for Sundowns and Bafana Bafana's friendly against Kenya midweek. Masinga says the situation of the country's prolific striker is regrettable. "We missed Mphela against Kenya. If he was there, he would have scored couple of goals. We want Mphela back on the pitch and not in the papers. For me, he is my top striker, I feel pity for him. It is important for him to get to the pitch," says Masinga, who made 58 appearances and scored 18 goals for Bafana. _quote
Masinga, who like Mphela has played for Sundowns and Jomo Cosmos, fears that lack of action might lead to Mphela missing his potent and scoring touch. According to Mphela and his agent Glyn Binkin, the former SuperSport United marksman is keeping fit with the aid of a personal trainer. "It takes years to build your physique, scoring touch and so on. If you lose your touch and reflexes, it may be difficult to get back to your best again. "So it is important for Mphela to get back to training and play. He must just play. It will take him four months or so, then he will be sorted," says Masinga, who is remembered for scoring the goal that took South Africa to their first-ever Fifa World Cup appearance in France. Masinga tells KickOff.com that it is sad that Sundowns and Orlando Pirates will square in a potentially explosive League encounter at Orlando Stadium without Mphela tomorrow night. "It's going to be a tight clash. It's hard for me to predict but it's going to be like a Cup Final. May the best team win, but it's unfortunate for Mphela to miss the clash," says the former Leeds United striker.