'Rama' racks up a decade in PSL
Posted: 15 August 2017 Time: 15:34
Kaizer Chiefs defender Ramahlwe Mphahlele is today topping up a decade since making his debut in the PSL with all but one of the four domestic winner’s medals missing from his collection.
Mphahlele was thrown into the deep end at Moroka Swallows by Ian Gorowa from the word go at the start of the 2007-08 league campaign on August 15, 2007.
That debut for the teenage boy from Ga-Mphahlele in Limpopo was against Orlando Pirates at Ellis Park in a match that was won 1-0 by The Dube Birds courtesy of a strike by Cecil Oerson.
Aged just 17 at the time ‘Rama’ lasted the 90 minutes at right-back whilst neutralising the threat of Bennett Chenene along with Jorry Merahe and Tlou Segolela – both of whom took turns to operate on the left attacking channel after being brought on as substitutes by The Bucs.
Of all the players that started that match on the day the bearded wingback made his debut only Bevan Fransman is still playing professional football with the rest now retired.
In his 10-year run Mphahlele has played for Moroka Swallows, Mamelodi Sundowns and University of Pretoria - piling up 242 starts (plus seven substitutes) with a return of three goals.
He has also been capped at all levels of international football from Under-17, 20, 23 and the senior national team.
Through his decade in the PSL the 27-year-old has won the Nedbank Cup twice – firstly with Swallows in 2009 and then at Sundowns two years ago and also has a Telkom KnockOut (2015) winners’ medal from his time with The Brazilians.
Most important is the fact that he won the league twice during his time at Chloorkop (2013-14 and 2015-16).
Since moving to Naturena last year he is yet to win any trophies with the club as his first year ending in agony with Chiefs misfired on all fronts.
Of the 36 games that AmaKhosi played in all competitions last season ‘Rama’ missed just four, continuing with the kind of consistency and commitment that he has shown for most of his time playing in the PSL.