'Killer' was jeered when Bafana lost 1-0 to Norway on January 9 for missing a couple of clear-cut chances and he also didn't have the best of games during the goalless draw against Algeria three days later.
However, Masinga tells KickOff.com that he believes Mphela, who has scored 23 goals in 49 appearances for the national team, is the right man for the job for Saturday's clash against Cape Verde in the Afcon opener.
"I will start with Katlego, maybe support him with one more striker… He showed us against Norway that he is a quality striker by forcing the Norway goalkeeper to make two saves. If he got it right, we could have been 2-0 up, but bear in mind he has just returned from a knee injury so he was not so sharp," Masinga argues.
"Against Algeria, he also had a good chance and though he didn't take it, it shows he is a kind of striker who is capable of getting us the goals. All we have to do is have faith in him and having said that, we must have faith in the entire team," Masinga adds.