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Phil Masinga wants Mamelodi Sundowns forward Katlego Mphela back in action

Posted: 11 February 2011 Time: 13:00

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 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.    

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 01:10 pm
Eish mara bo Masinga Mphela is AWOL so how can he be played when he is not the Sundowns training ground? How can Sundowns sort his problems out when he is sitting at home/ZAR?

Some players are very unprofessional,so Sundowns you heard uncle Masinga go get Mphela unfit as he is and play him. KickOff instead of getting interviws from players and coaches whose teams are playing this weekend they just decided to interview uMasinga, why mara.
posted: 01:12 pm
this is bull shit/ we are the national team * we are like anc, strong in every deparment
posted: 01:15 pm
PSL Focus: Cape Town Derby!
Is Musona ready for Platinum Stars
Aces relegation woes will they continue

These are some of the topics that are relevent...Ajax is playing Santos in a Cape Town derby.
posted: 01:33 pm
Can khoza sign this boy pliz.
posted: 01:57 pm
This is what I told Mphela on his facebook profile, Today

Now I think its high time you should reconsider your decision. We still need you to play for Bafana. For the sake of progress and your career. Apologise to Motsepe and the rest of DC members and tell them that you acted through frustration brought to you by management, But still insist that you still want to go overseas. Then they might reconsider their decision, and you may have a smooth path to overseas club next season. But we still support you Bra.
posted: 01:59 pm
Even if he comes back it b useless, he is not happy let him go to some other PSL team we dont want him he is going to miss.avaye
Gucci Man
posted: 02:02 pm
Mphela: just run my outie, maybe relocate to Brits skwatta camp for another 3 months and come back when you're fat like Bennie .lol
Gucci Man
posted: 02:04 pm
You can't keep an unhappy player in the team, he's gonna spoil the entire team. Just release the player
posted: 02:09 pm
please let man to go,For you Mr. Masiga sundows is a team of man no mamasbaby bra.Ons gaan nie die man soebat hy kan maar gaan
posted: 02:15 pm
ignorance, pride and plain stupidity are ingredients for disaster, and an arrogant agent is jst a cherry on top. Sundowns management did you wrong bt they wont suffer from your actions bt you will. Wat r de chances dat you'll play when you decide to go back 2 chloorkop?? smh.. Talk about bitin a hand dats feedin u, soon you'll kiss a boot dat will be kickin you, ask shabangu!!!
posted: 02:21 pm
To can stay where ever u like sundowns is a collection of individuals that make the so called a team.i wish for sundowns win to stop this ANC team. khosi for life.
posted: 02:23 pm
"We want Mphela on the field" – Masinga

Who's we Masinga? talk for yourself, i for one am glad that Mphela is not playing because we will now realise the full potential of Mushekwi. i would've loved a situation where Mphela had moved overseas and left Mushekwi to do the damage, hence i supported his earlier stance, but off late, i have withdrawn my support for him. he needs to go back to Downs and sort his mess out and not seat and wait for Downs to come to him. at the end of the day, Mphela will be the biggest loser, Bafana will try to work with Somma and Parker, Downs are carrying on with Mushekwi and Khanyeza.

If he knows whats good for him, he would go back there and start working on sorting out this mess, his training at ZAR will not take him anywhere!
posted: 02:39 pm
Mr editor can you talk about the big team(KC)now,phela sundowns vs pirates is just another game,why not talking about cape town derdy atleast
posted: 02:46 pm
Mphela; if your head is that too much big, you will train too hard more than what you have done with the team for the whole 4 years to come without getting paid as you are deciding to AWOL yourself boykie.
Ask Lekoelea he will tell you that Pirates is still existing todate when in his good playing days he scored and went to the pirates bench and demand more money. Now he is playing in Swaziland
Gucci Man
posted: 02:55 pm
Wonder: 2011-02-11 14:23 [ Report ]

Sihlangana kuphi Sbali ?
Dooba (Glory Reclaimed)
posted: 02:58 pm
Mphela should sign a contract with bafana as his club team- or at least negotiate a loan:)Clearly no sane club in Mzansi will deal with an unfit, arrogant and expensive player like him- it would be like signing Benni from Westham.
Dooba (Glory Reclaimed)
posted: 03:02 pm
@ peps who hate Mphela

When this lad decided playing soccer u were in class preparing for a class test or getting your asses whipped for not writing a homework- that he goes to ZAR shows that you moegoes are jealous.

Come play for bafana boy_ no club needs you
posted: 03:02 pm
What is this

Themba Zwane from Vardos
Teko Modise from Pirates
Jabulani Shongwe from Sundowns Development
Buhle Mkhwanazi from Sundowns Development
Sibusiso Khumalo from Swallows
Tshepo Ramokala from P Stars
Kurt Lentjies from M'burg
Thapelo Tshilo from Cosmos
Lionel Mtizwa from Caps
Method Mwanjali from Caps
Nyasha Mushekwi from Caps
Richard Henyekane from Arrows

Sibusiso Khumalo to Swallows
Vuyo Mere to Swallows
James Mayinga to Swallows
Benedict Vilakazi to MP Aces
Koketso Mmotong to Swallows
Tshepo Ramokala to Swallows
Siboniso Gaxa to Lierse
Thuso Phala to P Stars
Dino Ndlovu to Celtic
Kurt Lentjies to M'burg
Gareth Ncaca to Swallows
Felix Katongo to Released
Bongane Twala to MP Aces
Manqoba Ngwenya to Released
Fanyana Mokoena to Released
posted: 03:13 pm
@Gucci Man

Sbali, call this nummber or leave or send a please call if u r broke 0716265314 and speak to Sweyts!
posted: 03:24 pm
Tiyani,,keep dreaming my man cause Sundowns wont down the Buccanneers ship tomorrow.

The Sea Robbers are sailing in High Seas @ the moment & it will need a risk factor to sink them down.
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