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Bafana Bafana forward Katlego Mphela says he is getting back to his best form after beating Angola last night

Posted: 24 January 2013 Time: 06:44

Bafana Bafana forward Katlego Mphela battled it out in a physical contest in the win over Angola and says he is close to being back at his sharpest.

South Africa beat Angola 2-0 to keep their record of never having lost to Angola intact. Goals came from Siyabonga Sangweni and Lehlohonolo Majoro.

READ: Impressive Bafana down Angola

Mphela says he does not mind not scoring as long as the team wins.

"I don't mind that I did not score, that doesn't matter. As long as we win. I think if by the time we go on to maybe the final, I will quickly get back to my sharpest,” Mphela said.

Asked whether this outing was his most physical battle in a Bafana jersey yet, Mphela said: "I think I have had some physical matches for Bafana before, but this one was different.

“It was a cup final for us, and it was tough out there. But we scored two goals and we are through to the next game.”

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Coach Gordon Igesund got it right in central midfield by starting with Dean Furman and May Mahlangu instead of Kagisho Dikgacoi and 'Yeye' Letsholonyane.

This is what Mphela thinks of the foundation set by the pair who bossed the midfield from the first whistle.

"They added something different. They were dynamic and gave fresh ideas,” Mphela said.

“It was good to have someone like Dean, especially, because he won every ball and gave us that spirit.”

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Previous comments on this story...

posted: 07:07 am
Mphela must know that his job as striker is to score goals and not toam around. If he does not mind not to score goals, South Africa minds. When GI did not start him in the first match he was all over the media saying he is 100% fit and ready to start the match. Now he says he is still getting back to his sharpest. This guy has gone past his expiry date.
keyza soze
posted: 07:14 am
Majoro n Nsimbi dd the job so dnt mind
melinis repens
posted: 07:16 am
u wil score boy,its abt tym u get bck 2 best uv always displayed.hppy wth a win
melinis repens
posted: 07:17 am
not jst u shuld score,as long as de team wins
posted: 07:18 am
U r very weak bra,I don't know why GI substituted rantie instead of u
El Kampion
posted: 07:26 am
We are watching you like a hawk....and calculating your recent goal scoring ratio,if you keep it as it is then my friend Neil Tovey is coming for you...
Mphela says he does not mind not scoring as long as the team wins
Uyabona,se uyabeda manje...if you dont score you must create but if you can't do the 2 then i bet the SA Legend(NT09) will come 4 you as well
Dj Lumeh (Treble Dj...)
posted: 07:32 am
OMG they are all against YEYE lemfenenyane even mphela wants to see him on the bench even in the finals if they keep winning.
mfene is a mfene, cow is a cow, donkey is a donkey said Neil Tovey a legend from a certain team.
*YEYE is still not looking good* said pitso and travor noah
gotze p2
posted: 07:32 am
yeeer majoro out for two matches dammit, speedy recovery major....lets hope mphela wil now deliver.

Any1 saw wat hazzard did to tht ball boy lmfao?
posted: 07:35 am
Players must learn to keep their mouths shut..... yesterday Mphela was busy saying is the most experienced, he is fully fit and therefore he should start because he is RSA's best chance at scoring goals, now that he did start and nothing happened, he is getting back to his sharpest. do not get me wrong i also want Mphela in the starting eleven, but i do not like players who publicly state to the media that they are better than their team mates because this can cause divisions within the team. because what Mphela said effectively said "he is better than" ...Rantie/Majoro/Parker next time killer or any other player must just shut up and work hard at training and wait for their chance, where's Moeneeb now?
Dj Lumeh (Treble Dj...)
posted: 07:42 am
This article is directed straight to Yeye, KG and Nyawane.
read carefully from *this is what mphela thinks...* to the very last word you'll see
posted: 07:45 am
This is a complete striker for our country and he's not being utilised to his potential hence boos from the zebras.

If Mphela can be fed with the supply he will do the job and I still maintain that people must not booe him rather GI because he played an unfit Mphela.
posted: 07:47 am
Killer is still the best this country has to offer up front. And he played well yesterday, but his decision making at times was rather odd. He would shoot instead of passing, and pass instead of shooting.

He is not there yet. He needs more game time.

Our new coach after Afcon will have a good striking partnership in Rantie and Mphela, but Rantie needs to put on his scoring boots. But that partnership yingozi.

I hope Gordon gets fired Afcon.

Neil Tovey is my new best friend
posted: 07:48 am
Kagisho Dikgacoi and Yeye Letsholonyane.

This is what Mphela thinks of the foundation set by the pair who bossed the midfield from the first whistle.

"They added something different. They were dynamic and gave fresh ideas,” Mphela said.

Bakwa kwa kwa Mr Editor and Mphela you are out of line. Are you now suggesting that GI must forever bench KG and Yeye since you alluding to the fact that Furman and Mahlangu were marvellous? What a statement to the zebras.

First it was Ryan Cooper, followed by Neil Tovey and now this Anonymous've got to love this. Waiting patiently for the zebras' response.
Herbert "herbs" semenya
posted: 07:49 am
Thanx boys,u really make de country proud.......wil be there on sunday to give you my supports.....bafana kaofela
El Sol
posted: 07:51 am
Idon't know if its because iwas sitting on the same side he was playing but gents Anele Ngcongca also did well but no1 seems to have seen, he kept winning vital balls & kept feeding Phala who in my oppinion should make way for Cream Serero next match, March Mahlangu is sure one for the future..
Milutin Sredojević (HLABARINTO)
posted: 07:52 am
Ok enough about yesterday's win now, lets focus on our next opponent... What happened to the supporters of Zambia on this site kante? Am talking about those unpatriotic who only support a team after victory, one wonders if they were supporting their team during that historical 7 year dry spell...
Filaz Roger Feutmba...Sandawana
posted: 07:53 am
Mpela will score...Tovey will NEVER attack Killer, I mean Killer was out injured for months while Shabba was playing regulary for Chiefs...we all know what Killer is capable of and just having him on the field, puts pressure on defenders which makes it a bit easier for the other striker to take chances at goal...
posted: 07:56 am
you are not through my boy u need to win the last game if you lose to morroco sorry and cape vede win sorry dont start parting yet??
posted: 07:57 am
anti-zebraposted: 07:47 am | Report

My Champ you are spot on and unfortunately these zebras have other ideas. They want to destroy him so that MajoCoro can earn a starting berth.
Mthinayi (Bugs Killer)
posted: 07:58 am
What happened to this Mpela guy, he always makes excuses like his agent Pitso. Everytime when he is not starting the game he bad mouth the technical stuff as if he is not given fair chance to prove himself. Now he is given the chance and again he is sharpen his form. Mpela your time is gone.

Majoro show them how to skin defenders and score goals, ask Sangweni, he knows better because in last Dec he was a victim.
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